Billy Knight (basketball, born 1979)

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Billy Knight
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Personal information
Born(1979-01-20)January 20, 1979
Los Angeles, California
DiedJuly 8, 2018(2018-07-08) (aged 39)
Phoenix, Arizona
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Westchester (Los Angeles, California)
College UCLA (1997–2002)
NBA draft 2002 / Undrafted
Playing career2002–2016
Position Shooting guard
Career history
2002–2003Akropol BBK
2003–2004 Entente Orléanaise 45
2004–2005Apollon Limassol
2005 JA Vichy
2005 Trotamundos B.B.C.
2005–2006Al Rayyan
2006Hollywood Fame
2006–2007 Santa Barbara Breakers
2007–2008 ESSM Le Portel
? Los Angeles Lightning
? Boulazac Basket Dordogne
2009–2010 Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix
2010–2011 Osaka Evessa
2011–2015 Hyogo Storks
2015–2016 Yamagata Wyverns
Career highlights and awards
  • bj league champion (2010)
  • 2x bj league All-star
  • JBL2 champion (2013)
  • JBL2 Scoring leader (2011-12)
  • JBL2 Block leader (2011-12)
  • 2x JBL2 Best Five (2011-13)

William Price Knight (January 20, 1979 – July 8, 2018) was an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. His last professional stops were in Japan with Hamamatsu, Osaka, Hyogo and Yamagata. [1]

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

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Early life

He attended high school at Westchester High in Los Angeles. As a sophomore, he was a reserve at center when Knight's father decided that his son's chances for an athletic scholarship to college rested on his jump-shooting skills. Knight was already tall, so his father set up dummies in their backyard court that he would be forced to shoot over. [2] As a senior, he had developed into one of the top jump shooters nationally and committed to play college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. [3]

Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets high school in Westchester, Los Angeles, USA

Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets (WESM) is a magnet high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, West Region. It is located in Westchester, a neighborhood adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport and bordered by Playa Vista to the north, Inglewood to the east, El Segundo to the south, and Playa del Rey to the west. Until the 2010–11 school year, the school was a comprehensive high school known as Westchester High School.

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Professional career

Knight helped the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix to their first bj league title in 2009–2010, when he was the league's third-leading scorer, averaging 19.6 points per game. He and teammate Wendell White formed a duo dubbed the "White-Knight Show". [4] In 2012–13, he helped lead the Hyogo Storks to their first Japan Basketball League (JBL2) championship. [5]

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bj league Japanese professional basketball league

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Criminal allegations and death

On June 13, 2018, Knight was arrested on six counts of molestation charges, including two counts of sexual conduct with a minor. [6] [7] He committed suicide through multiple blunt force injuries on July 8 in Phoenix, shortly after posting a video to YouTube talking about his mental illness and encouraged others to seek help. [8] [9]

Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is usually undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. It is often perpetrated using force or by taking advantage of another. When force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault. The offender is referred to as a sexual abuser or molester. The term also covers any behavior by an adult or older adolescent towards a child to stimulate any of the involved sexually. The use of a child, or other individuals younger than the age of consent, for sexual stimulation is referred to as child sexual abuse or statutory rape.

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Career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
Denotes seasons in which Knight won a league championship

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