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Negele Knight Pride of the Flyers

February 10, 2010

Negele Knight San Antonio Spurs 1992-93 Fleer No. 377

Negele Knight San Antonio Spurs 1992-93 Fleer No. 377

Negele Knight San Antonio Spurs 1992-93 Fleer No. 377

Negele Knight San Antonio Spurs 1992-93 Fleer No. 377 back

In the late 1980s Negele Knight produced many memorable moments in a Dayton Flyers uniform. When Knight left the friendly confines of UD Arena he also became the last Flyer to showcase his talents in the NBA.

After helping the Flyers win the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now the Horizon League, tournament and reach the second round of the 1990 NCAA tournament, Knight was drafted in the second round of the 1990 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns with the 31st overall pick.

Throughout his time in Phoenix, he spent more than three seasons as Kevin Johnson‘s backup at point guard. During his third season in 1992-93, Knight started 35 games and averaged 6.1 points and 2.8 assists per game.

He was traded to the San Antonio Spurs at the start of the next season for a second round draft choice. The change of scenery helped Knight post the best numbers of his NBA career. That season Knight averaged 9.2 points, 3.0 assists and 22.1 minutes per game in 65 contests.

His stay with the Spurs was brief however. Following the season, San Antonio signed Avery Johnson to play point guard released Knight.

The former Flyer, who holds 10 school records, latched with the Portland Trail Blazers for the first three games of the 1994-95 season before being released. He spent the rest of the season with the Detroit Pistons.

Prior to the start of the 1995-96 season, Knight signed with the Charlotte Hornets, but was waived before the season started. Knight went and played in Europe for three seasons before being signed midway through the 1998-99 season by the Toronto Raptors. While with the Raptors Knight appeared in six games and scored just eight points after spending most of the season on the injured list.

Knight later went on to play for the Kansas City Knights of the ABA, according to the Phoenix Suns Web site.

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  1. eric coleman permalink
    February 10, 2010 11:27 pm

    i lived in dayton when negele arrive from michigan i believe when he came to town he was injured. we played in UD. phys. activity center (pac)very good games there .dayton had just produced guys like velvet (ROSEVELT)chapman UD. ,DWIGHT ANDERSON KENTUCKY/USC,RON HARPER MIA.OH ,AND A TON OF OTHER TALENTED PLAYERS .I DID’NT KNOW AT THE TIME WERE NEGELE WOULD FALL IN WITH THAT KIND OF TALENT BUT HE PROVED TO BE ANOTHER TALENT BUT THE OTHER GUYS WERE SPECIAL.IM FROM VA.LIVED IN DAYTON FOR 6 YEARS PLAYED WITH ALL THOSE GUYS THEN MOVED BACK HOME TO VIRGINIA HAD THE OPPOTUNITY TO TALK TO NEGELE WHEN HE CAME TO VIRGINIA PLAYED IN THE PORTSMOUTH INVITATIONAL TOURN. ITS ALWAYS GOOD TO MEET AND COMPETE WITH SOME OF THE GUYS THAT MADE IT TO THE LEAGUE WHEN SO MANY DON’T MAKE IT .IT MAKES YOU PROUD OF THEM .MAYBE YOUR CHALLENGING THEM PLAYED A SMALL PART !!FOR MORE INFO HIT ME UP .ERIC J. COLEMAN 80 -86”

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