LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - George Knott has scored 32 points in his three seasons as a Bellarmine basketball player, but his impact cannot be measured in stats.
Just weeks before tipping off his senior season, the 6'5" Providence grad was the center of attention Thursday afternoon in Knights Hall. After a long day of camp, head coach Scotty Davenport gathered the campers and Bellarmine players together.
"I'm going to tell you right now, I'm adding a third captain. We're going to have tri-captains and the third one is George Knott," Davenport said. Knott joins Al Davis and Rusty Troutman.
But wait, there was more.
Davenport had another message for the campers. Studying hard and doing the right things pays off. Evidence of that, he said, came in his next announcement.
"Today George Suggs is a scholarship athlete at Bellarmine University," he said. Davenport was so excited he slipped up on the last name. George Suggs was a Knights captain last season, and Knott's roommate.
Knott's camp team presented him with an oversized check, written out for a Bellarmine scholarship, which is good for over $30,000.
"It means a lot to me and my family," Knott said. "I thought my career was over after high school and now a scholarship athlete at Bellarmine. I can't ask for much more."
His family had been tipped off and surprised him after the announcement. There were hugs and tears.
"The emotion was both gratitude and I was obviously really proud," Kevin Knott, George's dad, said.
Mom teared up. "What a gift it is for George," Mary Knott said. "It's not even financial, it's just like, that's what he earned and it's worth more than any money."