McKnight’s hot start yields player of the week honors


Marshall C. Canupp

Hilltopper sophomore guard Dayton McKnight (20) brings the ball across half court against Alabama State University Hornets’ Isaiah Range (40) in Diddle Arena during their game on Nov. 9, 2021.

Kaden Gaylord-Day, Men's basketball reporter

WKU Men’s Basketball sophomore Dayvion McKnight earned the sport’s first Conference USA Player of the Week award for the 2021-22 season on Monday afternoon.

It is the first player of the week award of McKnight’s young career. 

Through three games, he’s averaging 21.3 points, 5.0 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game. McKnight played a full 40 minutes in WKU’s season opener against Alabama State, scoring 19 points while adding five rebounds, six assists and two steals.  

His best game so far came in the Hilltoppers’ first game of the Asheville Championship against Minnesota. He had a career-high of 34 points while grabbing nine rebounds, four assists and four steals.

It was only the 13th time since 2010 nationally that a player has had a game with at least those numbers in each category. 

McKnight had 28 points in the second half against the Golden Gophers, including 22 points in the last 9:30 while having four assists and zero turnovers.

The 6-foot-1 guard wrapped up the Asheville Championship with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals against South Carolina.

McKnight and company will travel to Memphis, Tennessee to take on the No. 11 Tigers in the FedEx Forum on Friday evening at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN+.

Men’s basketball reporter Kaden Gaylord-Day can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @_KLG3.