McKnight Earns NEC Honors for Basketball Season: Sophomore Guard Takes Home Two Conference Honors

Sophomore Quincy McKnight exceeds expectations, earning 2 conference honors. Photo by Sacred Heart Athletics.

By Nicholas Troiano

Sacred Heart University’s sophomore men’s basketball player Quincy McKnight was named to the All-District Team for the 2016-17 season. McKnight was also named to the All-Northeast Conference First Team.

The Pioneer guard led the team in scoring, averaging 18.9 points per game. McKnight helped lead Sacred Heart to the NEC Tournament with his maturity and leadership on and off the court.

“I think his maturity as a person and a player [from freshman to sophomore year] was something I was very pleased with. He has grown as a person, and taken more
responsibility while also improving on the court,” said head coach Anthony Latina.

Latina added that McKnight’s efforts off the court largely impacts his success on the court. McKnight felt very humbled and excited with being named to the all district team.

“It really means a lot to me, being named all district is a big accomplishment. A lot of guys on that list are in the tournament playing in the Final Four and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be mentioned with them,” said McKnight.

The transition from freshmen to sophomore year turned out to be excellent for McKnight as he took on the role of being the number one scorer. He shot a career high 43 percent from the field and led the team with 14 games with over 20 points scored.

“My biggest transition was I worked a lot harder and I started to become more aggressive which led to more touches,” said McKnight.

Despite having opposing defenses come up with ways to guard him as he is the number one scorer on the team,
McKnight maintained offensive consistency throughout
the season.

“He has improved his shooting both from the three
and from the free throw line. He also improved his
consistency, playing up to his role as the number one
scorer in our offense,” said Latina.

McKnight always gives credit to his family and
teammates for always pushing his limits both on and off the court.

“My success this season came from a combination of hard work and the support of me family and teammates who always push me to be the best,” said McKnight.

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