Do you remember Chris Knight? Chris Knight graduated in 2005 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020.
Chris Knight participated in the following sports:
Chris Knight, 2005 – Chris was a first team All-City and a two time All-State selection. As a junior and senior, he was the Southwest Ohio Public School League MVP. In his senior year, he averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots per game as the team advanced to the district championship. In a win over Dayton Dunbar he had 43 points, 24 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. He averaged a double-double as a sophomore. Chris scored over 1,000 points while playing at Withrow.
He continued his basketball career at Bowling Green State University where he played in 53 games from 2007 – 2009 and was ranked sixth in the MAC his freshman year. Chris transferred to Northern Kentucky university and played in 54 career games there. He averaged 9 points per game with 5 rebounds and shot 80% from the free throw line.
From 2012 – 2013 he traveled all over the world playing with the Harlem Globetrotters. Chris also played for the Whittlesea Pacers basketball team in the State League of Australia. Chris currently works and coaches at Withrow.
NOTE: A special mentor was in the audience when Chris Hicks (’72) was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Former Withrow principal Major McNeil (1979-85) was the physical education teacher at Madisonville Elementaiy School in 1965 when Hicks was a sixth-grader. It was McNeil who encouraged Hicks to play sports at Madisonville and at Lyon Junior High. That encouragement was all Hicks needed to become a successful high school and college athlete.
The two had lost touch over the years, but reconnected in late 2019. Hicks credits McNeil for opening athletic, social, and academic doors for him. “He doesn’t know how much he changed my life,” says Hicks.
Says McNeil, “just seeing Chris again generates considerable positive feelings and understanding that if you have positive input, you increase your opportunity to have successful output. Chris is an example of that, so I’m feeling great.”