May 6th, 2017

Five-Star, Top 10 Basketball Recruit Kevin Knox Commits to Kentucky Wildcats

Dylan Hargis @DylanHargis9
Kevin Knox

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The long-awaited college decision of five-star forward Kevin Knox has finally arrived. The talented wing has decided to commit to the University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team. Knox took his time deciding where he wanted to go to school and even pushed his decision back on one occasion. He even turned down $1.4 million dollars to play basketball next year in China.

Knox spoke about his decision in an open letter on RMF Magazine.

This whole process has been surreal for me. The fan support from each school has been incredible and the appreciation they showed me has not gone unnoticed. In two years, I have gotten to know some of the most powerful minds in college basketball, and legendary coaches. They are truly great people who love what they do. But unfortunately, playing for them all is not an option.

Because the truth is that all five of these schools are great choices for me. I would love to play for Leonard Hamilton and follow in the footsteps of my father at Florida State, where he played wide receiver and after a great career as a Seminole was drafted into the NFL. I would love to add to the rich tradition that Duke University holds on and off the court, and play for one of the all time great coaches, Coach K. I would love to go up to Chapel Hill, play for Roy Williams, and chase back-to-back National Championships at North Carolina. I would love to join Big Blue Nation and play for Coach Calipari at Kentucky, and I would love to join my close friend Michael Porter Jr. and play for coach Counzo Martin at Missouri.

But I can only go to one school.

April was a busy month for the high school senior from Tampa that saw him playing in the McDonald’s All-American game and the Jordan Brand Game as well. Knox also announced that he was pushing his decision back to the first week of May after he made a last-minute visit to Missouri.

The Tigers weren’t initially an option for Knox, but after flipping Michel Porter Jr. away from the Washington Huskies it became a five school race as opposed to a four school race. Kevin Knox thought long and hard about this and took advice from his parents, mostly his father.

Knox is a talented wing that teams recruited hard for, but in the end, he found Kentucky as the best option.

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