"It's crazy it's coming to an end. But I've learned a lot of things and I've really matured as a person."
That is what senior Kasey Wilson said about playing his final home game as a Knight in front of, what he described as, the rowdiest, loudest, most loyal fan base in all of college basketball: UCF students.
The Knights will be honoring Wilson and Myles Davis during Senior Day, which is Saturday at noon against East Carolina.
"It's hard to believe how quick time flies," head coach Donnie Jones said. "[Wilson and Davis have] got a great future ahead."
While their basketball careers at UCF are coming to a close, they will always remain Knights. They said they will keep friendships they have made, advice they have been given and lessons they have learned along the way near to their heart.
"The only thing that has really come to an end is my basketball career here," Wilson said. "I've met lifelong friends and lifelong people who have always had my best interest since I've gotten here.
"Basketball is just a small part of it, because one day you've got to stop playing ball, but these people will still be there for you, regardless."
This season alone, Wilson has learned how to work harder and go the extra mile from Brandon Goodwin, how to become a better, more mature person from coach Jones and home is where you make it from Daiquan Walker, which reminds the North Port, Fla. native he has to keep striving when the homesick feeling sets in.
"They're all great people. I've learned something different from every single one of them," he said.
For the duo, Senior Day is a day of reminiscing on old times and taking everything in, one last time.
"[I have made lasting] memories. It's something we're always going to want to remember," Davis said.
They not only want to depart the Knights with memories of their own, but also leave lasting impressions on their teammates, coaches and organization.
"We want to leave [everyone, including] coach Jones with something good to talk about," Davis said.
After the season and graduation, Davis plans to put his minor in coaching into action and continue the game as a coach. Wilson hopes to travel overseas to continue his playing career.
The criminal justice major sees overseas professional basketball as a way to travel the world while he's young, and continue to enjoy the game he loves.
"[I'll] make some money that way before I actually have to settle down and have a real job," Wilson said.
The two have learned a great deal from everyone around them during their time at UCF and, even though they would each like to play a few more games in black and gold, they are prepared for the next chapter of their lives.
Jarrod Heil is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future. Find him on Twitter @JHeil11.