Trantell "Tweety" Knight
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- His real name is Trantell Knight, but everyone within the Blue Raider men's basketball program refers to him as “Tweety.”
The 6-foot-1 senior point guard from Rentz, Ga., hopes to continue the winning legacy at MTSU that his older brother, Marcos, help start a couple of seasons ago. However, Knight said he knows it is his team now as the Blue Raiders try to compete for the Conference USA title in their first season in a league.
As for the nickname Tweety, he said it came from his mother, Brenda, when he was born on March, 24, 1991. The nickname came from the popular cartoon character.
“When I was born, I had one string of hair, and my mom decided to call me Tweety,” he said after a recent practice.
Last season was a dream one for the Knight duo as Marcos was a starting guard for the Blue Raiders, who earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1989. Tweety also played a big role in the team's success during the 2012-13 season as a key contributor off the bench.
“It was a great experience, and that is all we talked about every day,” Knight said. “We were able to do that not only with him, but with great teammates.”
Now, Marcos has graduated and he is currently playing professional basketball in Germany, while Tweety has stepped into the starting point guard position and an important leadership role with the Blue Raiders.
Tweety said he only gets to speak with Marcos every now and then because of the long distance, but he has received helpful advice from his older brother that he takes to the court.
“He has told me to take advantage of every day and be a leader on and off the floor,” Knight said. “Impact the game by scoring and playing defense.”
Currently, Tweety is averaging 7.8 points per game heading into tonight's game against C-USA foe UTEP. He is also fifth in the league in assist to turnover ratio with a mark of 2.11.
MTSU head coach Kermit Davis has been pleased with his performance so far this season, but he also knows Tweety can get better at the position.
“He has a great assist to turnover ratio,” Davis said. “He has been a really good leader in the locker room, and he is a great person. He is someone that you want to be around all of the time. We still think he has a big upside from the point guard position. We are proud of what he has done here.”
Just like his older brother, Tweety wants to play professionally after college, and one day become a coach at either the high school or collegiate level. However, his only focus right now is helping the Blue Raiders compete for a conference title.
“We’ve just got to keep winning games, and then put it behind us,” Knight said. “Every game is big for us, so we got to take it one at a time.”