Preston Knowles

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Preston Knowles
No. 4 – Maccabi Ashdod
Position Point guard
League Israeli Basketball Premier League
Personal information
Born (1989-03-29) March 29, 1989 (age 28)
Winchester, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Listed weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Career information
High school George Rogers Clark
(Winchester, Kentucky)
College Louisville (2007–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
2011 Dnipro-Azot
2011–2012 Springfield Armor
2013 K.A.O.D.
2013–2015 Ironi Nes Ziona
2015–2016 Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia
2016 AEK Larnaca
2016–present Maccabi Ashdod

Preston Demond Knowles (born March 29, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for Maccabi Ashdod of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. He formerly played college basketball for the Louisville Cardinals.

High school and college career[edit]

Knowles attended George Rogers Clark High School in his native Winchester, Kentucky. He stayed in the state for college, signing with Louisville, playing in the Big East Conference of the NCAA Division I, in 2007. Playing for the Cardinals, he was noted for his work ethic, defense,[1] and three-point shooting, regularly amongst the best in the Conference in shooting percentage from three.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Knowles signed a contract with Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague side Dnipro-Azot in December 2012, he ended up playing in 3 games in the league before leaving the side that same month.[3]

The American then returned home, signing with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League in January 2012. He finished the 2011–12 season with the Armor, averaging 7.3 points, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in nearly 17 minutes per game after playing 31 games.[4]

After another stint with Dnipro-Azot in which he didn't play a competitive game, Knowles moved to Greek Basket League K.A.O.D. American Genetics in October 2012. He finished the 2012–13 with 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in more than 27 minutes per game after playing in 23 games.[5]

In the 2013 summer off-season, Knowles signed a contract to play for Ironi Nes Ziona in the Israeli Basketball Super League.[6] In August 2014, his deal was extended for another season.[7]

In July 2015, Knowles moved to Italian Lega Basket Serie A outfit Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia, signing for the 2015–16 season.[8]

The 2016–17 season, Knowles started with AEK Larnaca but left the club after appearing in two games. On December 18, 2016, he signed with Israeli club Maccabi Ashdod.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berman, Dennis K. (2009-03-16). "Cardinals Rule an Otherwise Awful Winter". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  2. ^ "Preston Knowles". GoCards.com. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Eurobasket news report (12/31/2011) - Dnipro release Frederick House, DniproAzot part ways with Preston Knowles". Eurobasket.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Preston Knowles". NBADLeague.com. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "ΝΟΟΥΛΣ Πρέστον" [Knowles Preston]. Esake.gr. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Former Louisville basketball players Preston Knowles, Larry O'Bannon sign new overseas deals". Louisville Courier-Journal. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "Eurobasket news report (8/3/2014) - Ironi Nes-Ziona keeps Knowles for another season". Eurobasket.com. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ingaggiato Preston Knowles" [Preston Knowles is recruited]. PistoiaBasket2000.com (in Italian). 31 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Maccabi Ashdod lands Preston Knowles and Jackie Carmichael". Sportando.com. December 18, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 

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