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Preston Knowles
Preston Knowles


Winchester, Ky.

High School:
George Rogers Clark

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 195




Louisville at Villanova :: Jan. 12, 2011

Louisville at Villanova :: Jan. 12, 2011


Cardinals Take Down Huskies, 82-69

Louisville vs. Connecticut


Louisville Pulls Away From Providence, 92-70

Louisville vs. Providence

Junior Year:

  • Active at both ends of the court, he scored in double digits in eight games as a junior.
  • No. 5 scorer (7.2) and second in assists for U of L (72, 2.3 avg.).
  • Connected on 29.2 percent of his three-pointers (38-of-130). He was shooting 50 percent from the three-point line before he sprained his wrist early in the season. He was second in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal pct. (.432) as a sophomore.
  • Had 12 points -- 10 in the second half -- and three steals at Connecticut.
  • Matched a career-high with 21 points at Pittsburgh, adding three rebounds and three assists. He hit 8-12 field goals and 5-of-7 threes.
  • Totaled 12 points, two assists and also sparked the Cards with his defense against St. John's, the first time since late November he played without his thumb taped and braced from an injury.
  • Had seven points, four assists and six rebounds at Providence.
  • Totaled 11 points, three assists and five rebounds against Louisiana Lafayette.
  • Matched a career-high with four steals against USF, adding five points and three rebounds.
  • Suffered a sprained thumb against UNLV at the end of November, limiting him to 14 minutes in that game. He missed the Cards' games against Stetson and Charlotte with the injury and played through it with his thumb taped and protected with a neoprene sheath for six weeks.
  • Totalled 15 points, five rebounds and four assists vs. Western Carolina.
  • Handed out a career-high seven assists against Oral Roberts, adding four rebounds and four steals.
  • His cousin Jermaine Martin played basketball at Berea (Ky.) College.

    Sophomore Year:

  • Second in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage (.432). He was fourth on the team in three-point goals (48) and fifth in steals (35).
  • Scored in double digits in six of the last 14 games, including 12 points in the BIG EAST tournament championship game vs. Syracuse. He averaged 7.1 points and made 47.8 percent of his three-pointers (22-of-46) while the Cardinals won 13 of their last 14 games.
  • Scored 11 points against Michigan State in the Midwest Region championship game, adding two assists and two steals.
  • Scored 11 points against Cincinnati, making all three of his three-point attempts.
  • Scored 19 points against DePaul, burying a career-best 5-of-7 three-point goals.
  • Had 11 points, two rebounds and two steals against Providence
  • Produced nine points, three rebounds and two steals against No. 1 UConn off the bench.
  • Scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds against Pitt, hitting three key three-point attempts in the second half.
  • Scored 11 points against UNLV, hitting all three of his three-point attempts.
  • Scored a career-high 21 points against Austin Peay, adding five rebounds and three steals. He hit 8-of-11 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 three-pointers.

    Freshman Year:

  • Had a steal in nine of the last 16 games.
  • Had five points and two assists vs. Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament second round, including driving baseline for a resounding dunk and burying a three-pointer.
  • Scored nine points and handed out three assists in 14 minutes of action at DePaul, hitting four-of-five shots from the field.
  • Had a season-high 10 points, two rebounds and two steals in 16 minutes of action against Rutgers, hitting all four of his shots from the field (2-2 3FG).
  • Logged a season-high 18 minutes vs. Marshall and contributed five points and three rebounds.

    High School:

  • Averaged 21.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 steals as a senior for Coach Scott Humphrey in leading Clark County to a 26-8 record and the Region 10 title, the school's first regional championship in 17 years.
  • Shot 49 percent from the field, including 38.1 percent from the three-point line, and made 71 percent of his free throw attempts as a senior.
  • Second-leading scorer in the 2007 state tournament (21.0) and was honored on the Sweet 16 all-tournament team.
  • First-team all-state selection as a senior.
  • Tenth Region player of the year and was noted as the top sleeper among Kentucky seniors by Rick Bolus' High Potential Basketball. He totalled 33 points and eight rebounds in the regional championship game vs. Mason County.
  • Averaged 19 points a game as a junior when Clark County posted a 22-9 record.
  • Chose Louisville after also considering Virginia Commonwealth, Kansas State, LSU and Miami (Ohio).


  • Born March 26, 1989 ... Son of Kym Gipson ... Has an older (Ashley Knowles) and younger (Jamilla Conner) sister and two younger brothers (Tavon Lay, Anthony Lay) ... Major is communication.
  • Personal goal at U of L is "to grow as a person and as an athlete."
  • Enjoys reading in his spare time.
  • Chose to attend U of L because "I needed a change in my life and I knew Coach Pitino would help guide me in the right direction."
  • Best basketball advice given to him was to shut up and play.
  • His cousin Cedric Tate has had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
  • Best moments of his athletic career was winning the regional championship against Mason County, getting a scholarship to U of L and reaching two NCAA Elite Eights.
  • Wanted to wear No. 2 because it was his number in high school.
  • Feels Derek Luke would be the best actor to play him in a movie.
  • If you walked into his dorm room, the first thing you would notice is a Malcolm X poster.
  • What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino is "his ability to help you succeed as a person as well as an athlete, and how he will never let you settle for anything in life."
  • Most proud of himself and the person he is becoming.
  • Would most like to meet: Malcolm X.


  • Basketball Player: Dwyane Wade
  • NBA Team: Denver Nuggets
  • Athlete, Other than a basketball player: Tony Hawk
  • Movies: Life, Harlem Nights, Wedding Crashers, Grandma's Boy
  • TV Shows: Entourage, Burn Notice, Eastbound and Down
  • Actor: Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy
  • Comedian: Kevin Hart
  • TV Sports Personality: Dick Vitale
  • Subject: English
  • Book: Overkill, Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • Musical Group/Singer: Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Lil Boosie
  • Foods: shrimp, pizza
  • Midnight snack: "whatever I can get my hands on"
  • Best Player Ever Faced: Rajon Rondo, J.R. Smith
  • Vacation Spot: The Bahamas
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