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Duke Coaching Staff Set to Visit Five-Star Kevin Knox

KEVIN KNOX

Duke hall of fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski is expected to meet with five-star Tampa (FL) Tampa Catholic wing Kevin Knox today, according to Scout’s Evan Daniels.

Duke’s early exit means the Blue Devils staff can redirect their focus to finishing out their 2017 class, a class that already includes five-stars Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr as well as four-star Alex O’Connell.

Knox, who was named a McDonald’s All-American earlier this year, is one of the few remaining uncommitted members of the 2017 class. Along with Duke, he is also considering Florida State, Kentucky, and North Carolina and has officially visited all four finalists.

The Blue Devils are heavily favored in his recruitment, owning 82% of the overall votes with Kentucky second at a distant 12%. With the expected mass exodus in Durham, there should be plenty of playing time for Knox. But Kentucky’s John Calipari is still in hot pursuit, looking to sell Knox on playing on the wing more like Malik Monk.

Kentucky has already secured commitments from five-stars Nick Richards, P.J. Washington and Jared Vanderbilt, a center, power forward and small forward respectively, so moving Knox to a wing position in line with Monk is a natural sell.

While Calipari’s pitch includes a comparison to Monk, Mike Krzyzewski has focused in on comparing Knox to Duke freshman sensation Jayson Tatum.

“We talked a lot about how much I resembled Jayson Tatum and how I could have the same type of impact,” Knox said in his player blog. “We watched a lot of film of things that he does and how I could do the same things. Coach K said I’d be able to come in right away and have a lot of freedom like Tatum.”

As of now, Knox said to expect a decision sometime between April 1 and April 15. The Jordan Brand Classic, which Knox will participate in, will be played on April 14 at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

 

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