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Billy Knight was an American ​ Basketball player ​ and coach known for his precise instructions in shot technique, and was deemed "The Shot master" by many of his students. [1] ​ He was a top player for UCLA  during the 2002 season. [2] ​ [3] ​ [4] ​

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Professional Photo of Billy Knight he has shared on his Facebook page.

Biography

Early Life

Knight was born and raised in the state of California ​ and lived there for most of his life. [5] ​ [6] ​ He grew up in the city of Los Angeles  and ever since he was a young kid, he showed promise in sports, particularly the game of Basketball ​. [7] ​

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He is a graduate and alum of Westchester High School  where he became a basketball star and a top recruit. In the end, he decided with UCLA [8] ​ [9] ​

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Billy Knight on UCLA Basketball
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UCLA

After high school, he remained in his hometown of Los Angeles and attended UCLA. He studied and earned his Bachelor of Arts ​ degree in Religion ​. The Bruins went to the NCAA tournament all four of Knight's seasons under coach Steve Lavin, reaching the regional semifinals in each of his last three years. [10] ​ During his entire college career, he was a top athlete and basketball player during his attendance from 1997-2002. [11] ​ He averaged 14.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a senior. [12] ​

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Season School Conf G GS MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1997-98 UCLA Pac-10 24 Â Â 24 54 .444 12 23 .522 12 31 .387 8 11 .727 Â Â 21 3 5 0 Â Â 68
1998-99 UCLA Pac-10 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
1999-00 UCLA Pac-10 28 Â Â 53 117 .453 28 54 .519 25 63 .397 21 32 .656 Â Â 58 20 15 1 Â Â 152
2000-01 UCLA Pac-10 32 18 Â 80 174 .460 40 79 .506 40 95 .421 52 71 .732 26 34 60 18 20 4 39 53 252
2001-02 UCLA Pac-10 33 33 957 146 319 .458 86 168 .512 60 151 .397 114 138 .826 43 71 114 45 39 4 65 72 466
Career UCLA Â 117 51 957 303 664 .456 166 324 .512 137 340 .403 195 252 .774 69 105 253 86 79 9 104 125 938

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Billy Knight when he played for UCLA.

Career

After UCLA, he played in the D-League, French, and Japanese leagues for many years. [14] ​ Yet, he would put his skills and expertise of the game to work as a professional coach for several institutions and teams. [15] ​

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2013-14 Nishinomiya Storks NBL Japan 53 52 1406.4 336 873 .385 117 322 .363 130 154 .844 86 269 355 56 76 14 145 133 919
2014-15 Nishinomiya Storks NBL Japan 52 12 888.9 262 609 .430 44 165 .267 118 141 .837 47 143 190 32 46 9 121 88 686

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Northern Arizona Suns ​

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In the 2010s, after playing professionally for several years, he would become the basketball operations assistant for the Northern Arizona Suns, the Phoenix Suns ​' developmental G-League affiliate, during the 2016-17 season. [17] ​ He would then become the assistant coach for the seasons after. [18] ​Â

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Video of Billy Knight titled: "Billy Knight "I am Sorry Lord" 🙇��♂�", a video he shot of himself moments before taking his own life.

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Death

On Sunday morning of July 8th, 2018, Knight was found dead on a Phoenix roadway. [19] ​ He was taken to the Maricopa hospital to determine the cause of his death. [20] ​ Days prior, Billy had video recorded himself and posted it on his YouTube ​ page where he reveals his battle with depression and expresses that people should get help for their mental health. [21] ​ [22] ​ In the video he says the following:  "I am lost in life and I feel like there is no hope ... I just feel like I can't continue on." [23] ​

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Personal Life

Knight had a social media following of supporters who appreciate his coaching skills in the art of shooting the basketball. [24] ​ [25] ​

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He was to collaborate with LaVar Ball ​ on branding before his death. [26] ​

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