Carlos Osorio, Associated Press
Detroit Pistons guards Will Bynum, left, and Brandon Knight are photographed during NBA basketball media day at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Brandon Knight is already making an impression on a Detroit team eager for a fresh start.

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva calls Knight the future of the organization.

Knight was taken with the eighth pick in this year's draft, and the 6-foot-3 point guard out of Kentucky is working hard to fit in after the lockout postponed the beginning of his NBA career. It's not clear how much Knight will play at first, but he's taking the whirlwind start to his rookie season in stride.

Knight says players knew to expect a lockout, so he was prepared for this unusual offseason.