Dartmouth scored one of the highest-upside prospects in the 2017 class on Tuesday as Madison (Wis.) Memorial forward Chris Knight committed to the Big Green. Holding double-digit offers, Knight credited Dartmouth’s coaching staff for reeling him in.

“The main reason was the coaches,” Knight told NY2LASPORTS.COM. “They really wanted me, they wanted me over everybody. They really stressed that on my first visit. They were just on top of everything.”

That was backed up when Knight called to commit on Tuesday.  “They were ecstatic,” he said. “One of the coaches screamed in the phone. They were happy.”

Knight chose Dartmouth over other offers from Furman, Milwaukee, Columbia, Army, Green Bay, Yale, Brown, Lafayette, Ohio, IUPUI, Elon, and Boston. 

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound senior took his official visit to Dartmouth the weekend of Aug. 19.  “The campus was really nice,” he said. “It was one of the nicer campuses I’ve seen. It has a college feel too.”

As a junior, Knight averaged 17.3 points per game for Madison Memorial, who went 17-7 and tied for first atop the Big Eight Conference standings. A low post and occasional mid-range scorer, Knight expects to be used in a variety of different ways at Dartmouth.  “They want me to play combo forward,” he said. “If I have a mismatch, I can take advantage of it. They want me to extend my game to the perimeter.”

Knight has previously narrowed his list down to Dartmouth, Elon, Furman, Yale, and Boston.  Young for his grade, Knight considered prep school, but is happy to call Dartmouth home in 2017.  “It feels nice,” he said. “No more dozens of phone calls to answer. I can just sit back and relax knowing where I’m going.”

Knight plays with the Wisconsin Swing during the travel season.