Manchester Giants have completed the exciting acquisition of Martaveous McKnight ahead of the 2021-22 British Basketball League (BBL) season, with the 6’4″ Mississippi native joining from a previous professional season with OKK Sloboda Tuzla in Bosnia. He is known as a volume-scoring guard with significant variety in his offensive arsenal.
The 24-year-old gained notoriety after two great seasons at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (UAPB), where he averaged 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game, shooting 45% from the floor and 37% from the three-point line. In 2018 he was the Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year and an AP All-American Honourable Mention, and in both that year and the following he was nominated to the All-Conference First Team.
“He’s a great addition to the roster. Martaveous brings experience and energy to Manchester. He strengthens the back’’ Said Jamie Edwards
For much of the early going in 2018-19, he was among the top 10 scorers in the NCAA, leading the entire nation in mid November 2018 after two 40-point games in the space of two weeks. At that time, he garnered significant national attention during a stretch of non-conference games against San Diego State, Colorado State, and NCAA Tournament runner-up Texas Tech, in which he averaged 32 points and 7 rebounds. Amazingly, McKnight had two games with over 40 points – including 41 against Colorado State – and a further five games with 30 points or more between 2017 and 2019.
He had two triple-doubles in his college career, and in December 2018 he was the first player in nearly a decade to have one that involved steals as he recorded 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 steals; and along with 8 assists in that game, he was close to being only the second player in NCAA history to record a quadruple-double, following Lester Hudson in 2007. He also had a 30 point triple-double in a win over Alabama A&M, adding 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
In 2018, McKnight led UAPB to an appearance in the Conference Championship game, making the All-Conference First Team after averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in post-season play, including a haul of 28 in the semi-final before eventually falling to Texas Southern.
His standout college career led to an invitation to NBA G-League tryouts, before being drafted by the Delaware Blue Coats (Philadelphia 76ers affiliate). After not featuring in the G-League, he moved to Bosnia in December 2019.
In the Bosnian league McKnight averaged 11 points and 3 assists per game, shooting 40% from the three-point line, as OKK Sloboda Tuzla finished fourth in the table. He also competed in the tough Adriatic Basketball League (ABA), where he averaged 9 points per game as his team turned around a slow start to go 6-3 after his arrival, including a high of 27 points and 6 rebounds as Tuzla won a close game 78-74 against the fourth-placed side in Serbia, OKK Novi Pazar.
I am very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Manchester Giants. I am ready to get to work! It’s going to be fun, I can’t wait! Said, Martaveous Mcknight