Class of 2017 small forward Kevin Knox
Five Star small forward Kevin Knox just announced on Twitter his commitment to Kentucky. It was a tossup as to where Knox would commit all the way to the final seconds. Kevin Knox Sr. told MADE Hoops that there were certain aspects to what Kentucky offers as a program that his son could not turn down.
“We really felt that Kentucky was the best collegiate and holistic experience for him as far as his development as a basketball player,” said Knox. “We really feel that Coach John Calipari, his assistant Kenny Payne and the rest of his staff are going to really help him become a man and help him prepare for his goal, which is to be a top five NBA draft pick in the near future.”
Calipari kept a consistent pitch with Knox throughout the time they recruited him.
“His pitch the whole time was, to go there let them make you a better basketball player and prepare you for what is to come at the NBA level’,” he said. “They told him that is what Kentucky does and Coach Calipari has a lot of great examples of that.”
The last piece Coach Calipari looks to add is five-star center Mohamed Bamba. Bamba and Knox have developed a close relationship in the past year with all of the camps and other events they have attended together. Knox Sr. is almost certain that his son will talk to Bamba on his decision.
“Mohamed Bamba and my son Kevin have become close friends,” he told MADEHoops. “They talk every other day through social media or on the phone. I would imagine just through their own conversation and their relationship they will talk about Kevin’s decision. Bamba may ask why he decided on Kentucky and they’ll have that talk.”
With that said, Knox hopes Bamba makes the best decision for him and his family.
“We have always said we aren’t a package deal and we made our decision based on what place will develop Kevin the best,” Knox said. “I would tell Bamba to do the same with his decision. I hope he decides on a school that is in line with what he and his family want to do.”
As Knox progressed through high school, he established himself as one of the top small forwards in the country. With his size and athleticism, he is one of the toughest prospects to guard in the class of 2017. He has the ability to score both in the open floor and in the half court set. He has improved at a rapid rate in the past couple of years of his high school career and it looks like this trend will continue heading into college. Knox has the talent to make an immediate impact at the college level next year and turn pro after one season.