After Orlando Antigua left to take a similar position with John Calipari's staff at Memphis, Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon promoted Brandin Knight. A former All-America point guard with the Panthers, Knight worked last year as the Director of Basketball Operations and also served as the Program Assistant-Video Coordinator for the 2006-07 season.
"Brandin has always been a tremendous asset to our program,'' Dixon said. "As a player, Brandin proved to be a coach on the floor, and he has developed through the years into an outstanding basketball coach.
"He has been a terrific role model for our players, and he was instrumental in turning our program around. He has been approached for numerous assistant coaching positions and has remained loyal to Pitt.''
Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson also commented on the coaching move.
"As one of college basketball's elite point guards, Brandin Knight was a vital catalyst in turning Pitt Basketball into the power that it is today,'' Pederson said. "He is an incredibly gifted basketball mind who will be a major asset as a teacher of the game, as well as a recruiter. Brandin was born to play point guard and will soon see he was born to coach too.''
A point guard from 1999-2003, Knight's leadership was largely responsible for Pitt's basketball renaissance. Knight helped guide the Panthers to two consecutive Big East regular-season titles (2001-02 and 2002-03), two NCAA "Sweet Sixteen'' appearances (2002 and 2003), the program's first Big East Tournament title (2003), three consecutive appearances in the Big East Championship game (2001-03) and an 89-40 (.690) four-year record.
A 2003 Wooden All-America team selection, 2002 Associated Press All-America selection and two-time All-Big East honoree, Knight concluded his career with 1,440 points, 785 assists, 492 rebounds and 298 steals. He earned the Big East’s co-Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player awards after leading Pitt to a 28-5 record in 2001-02. Knight holds school records for career assists (785), assist average (6.2 per game) and steals (298), season assists (251 in 2001-02) and minutes played (1,284 in 2001-02).
Following his Pitt career, Knight played two seasons with the NBDL’s Asheville Altitude. He helped lead the Altitude to back-to-back league titles in both 2003-04 and 2004-05. In 2005, he signed a contract with the NBA’s Houston Rockets, but suffered an injury two weeks later.
Knight, who graduated with a History degree from Pitt in June, 2005, is a native of East Orange, N.J. His brother Brevin is a member of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and was a consensus All-America point guard at Stanford (1994-97). His father Melvin is a former Seton Hall assistant basketball coach (1978-82) and player (1968-71) who currently serves as basketball coach and athletic director at Essex County College in New Jersey.
Antigua, a native of the Bronx, will join the Tigers and begin recruiting against his former team in New York once he officially starts. Antigua played at Pitt from 1991-95 before going on to play seven seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters. After a year away from the game, he served as an assistant coach for former Pitt point guard Joey David at Mt. Lebanon High School. The next season, he joined the Pitt staff as director of basketball operations and was promoted to assistant coach in 2006.
Pitt's Media Relations Department contributed to this story.