BLOOMINGTON — Illinois State junior guard Daishon Knight pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts for battery and resisting arrest Thursday as part of a plea deal that dismissed a felony aggravated battery charge during his Aug. 25 arrest in downtown Bloomington.
Knight also was ordered to complete 24 months conditional discharge and 100 hours community service.
Shortly afterwards, ISU basketball coach Dan Muller announced Knight has been fully reinstated and is allowed to play in games, beginning with Friday’s opener at Virginia Commonwealth. Knight was indefinitely suspended from games and didn’t play in last Sunday’s exhibition against Quincy.
“Daishon has done everything he has been asked to do within the program and on campus, and it is nice to have him back fully reinstated,” said Muller.
Knight was in McLean County Court with his attorney John Schwulst for the brief proceeding.
AssistantState’s Attorney Jessica Woods said the basis for the charges involved a fight in downtown Bloomington where a police officer saw Knight punch a woman in the face for no apparent reason. Knight then ran from the scene as a Bloomington officer was trying to place him in handcuffs, said the prosecutor.
Knight also must pay $145 in court fines and fee.
A transfer from Odessa (Texas) College who signed with ISU in the spring, the 6-foot-1 Knight is expected to make an immediate contribution with the Redbirds. He averaged 19.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season for Odessa and has two years of eligibility at ISU.
Along with additional internal discipline, Knight was initially prohibited from participating in all team activities with the Redbirds. He was later allowed to practice and participate in team events with the exception of games.