Kentucky gets a special kid … who plays ball too

Brandon Knight hardly needed a recommendation, let alone a glowing one, to earn admission into any college in America. A repeat Florida Mr. Basketball and Gatorade National Player of the Year? No need to waste time and trees. Son, just show up and start shooting.

Yet this is what colleges got, if they cared to read it. They got an English Honors III teacher raving about “Brandon’s perfect articulation in reading Shakespeare,” and describing “the stillness of the room as his peers listened in rapt attention” to his “Macbeth” soliloquy. They got an Advanced Placement statistics teacher recalling all the times he would stay for extra help, even it meant missing dinner before a game. They got his college counselor gushing, “A finer Pine Crest student I cannot imagine.”