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Kevin Knox breaks down his final five schools - Talks on his Missouri official visit

04/15/2017, 11:00am CDT
By Pat Lawless

Kevin Knox talks on the latest with his recruitment

Class of 2017 small forward Kevin Knox

Kevin Knox concluded his high school career last night with the Jordan Brand Classic. The Tampa Catholic High School (FL) product was happy to end it on such a high note.

“This was my last high school game as far as I know,” said Knox. “I wanted to able to come out here, have fun and do what I do best. I think overall I played really well for my last high school game and I’m really happy.”

He recently took his last official visit to Missouri, which came as a surprise to many people.

“A lot of people were wondering why it was a last second visit, but I had one more visit and I decided to take it,” he said. “We went out there, had fun and listened to what the coaches had to say. We got to see the facilities, meet all of the coaches and more. Overall, I thought it was a really good visit.”

Michael Porter Jr. has been recruiting him hard to join him at Missouri.

“Ever since he has been committed there he has been in my ear about being unstoppable on the wing together,” he said. “We talk a lot, especially when we were roommates at Hoop Summit. It’s become a really interesting last few weeks.”

He broke down the other four schools that remain on his list.

UNC: “Recently Justin Jackson declared for the draft so the small forward spot is wide open,” he said. “They want me to come in, contribute early, put the ball in the basket and be a leader. Joel Berry and Theo Pinson I’m pretty sure are coming back so I’ll be able to put the ball in the basket with them if I decide to go with UNC.”

Duke: “Coach K has coached players like me in the past with Brandon Ingram, Jabari Parker, Justice Winslow, Rodney Hood and now Jayson Tatum,” he said. “He wants me to come in and be that versatile guy for them. I would play with Gary and Wendell and that would be a good enough team to win a national championship.”

FSU: “My parents both went there so the coaches want me to come in and have a legacy of my own,” he said. “Jon Issac, Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Dwayne Bacon all left for the draft this past year so I would be able to lead their team next year. Coach Hamilton is telling me that the ball will be in my hands and I can do everything I am capable of.”

Kentucky: “They have a lot of great players that are committed there and I’m really happy for them,” he said. “Coach Calipari has been on me 24-7 and Coach Kenny Payne is one of the best assistant coaches in the country. I would be able to come in and play with those great guys, who I know I am able to play with because we have been playing together at these all-star events. Their commits have been in my ear all the time and they just have a great overall school.”

He still sees his recruitment as wide open between the five schools on his list.

“I’m wide open right now, all five schools can get me,” Knox said. “I just plan on talking with my parents soon and a decision will be coming very soon. All five schools have a chance and I’ll make the decision in the next couple of weeks or in early May.”

Knox isn’t sure when, but sees some more in-home visits coming sometime in the near future.

“I know every coach wants to come see me before my decision, but my Dad handles all of that,” Knox said. “I’m pretty sure a lot of schools will come in the next couple of weeks because they know my decision is coming very soon.”

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