Knight and Brown Plan to Transfer from UW Men's Basketball Team
April 22, 2002
SEATTLE - Scholarship freshman Erroll Knight and walk-on sophomore Sterling Brown have applied for a release that will enable them to transfer to another school after the spring quarter, new University of Washington men's basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Monday.
The two guards were both recruited to Washington by Coach Bob Bender who resigned on Mar. 20.
Knight played all 29 games for the Huskies in 2001-02, starting 19 times. His 7.1-point scoring average ranked fifth on the team. Knight shot 45 percent from the field, including 43-percent accuracy from 3-point range. He scored 23 points in his debut on Nov. 15 at Alaska-Fairbanks, a first-game record for a Husky freshman.
A product of Seattle's Chief Sealth High School, Knight was voted the 2001 Mr. Basketball for the state of Washington.
'Not only is Erroll Knight an extremely talented basketball player, but he is a quality individual and you always hate to see quality people leave your program,' Romar stated. 'Erroll is the type of student-athlete that you build a program around because of the way he is going to represent your university. If he had indicated he wanted to leave because he wasn't getting enough playing time or enough shots, then I would probably encourage him to leave. But because of the quality individual he is, I am very disappointed to see him leave.
'I had a long conversation with Erroll and his family and it was at that point that I learned that his leaving was a very complex situation. There were some personal issues that he needed to work through and he just did not think he could work through them by staying in Seattle. I will always be an Erroll Knight fan and pull for him wherever he is.'
Brown played 14 games, averaging 1.9 points per outing. He lettered two seasons at Washington after joining the team as a walk-on from Woodinville (Wash.) High School.
'Sterling was a non-scholarship student-athlete who felt he wanted to go somewhere where he would have an opportunity to receive a scholarship,' said Romar who was hired as the Huskies' head coach on Apr. 3. 'Although he was a non-scholarship player, you still don't want lose a guy like that because he is an outstanding young man. I told Sterling that I support his decision and would help him anyway I can.'