Kevin Knox Shocks the Recruiting World, Commits to Kentucky

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Kevin Knox, the 6-foot-8 small forward from Tampa Catholic (FL) High School, shocked most of the recruiting world when he announced his commitment to Kentucky on Saturday via Twitter.

“I never really understood how hard this decision would be,” Knox said in a post on RMFMAG.com. “I went on countless visits, talked to almost everyone you could talk to, and yet I always still found myself back at square one.”

“A lot of people think it’s easy. But it’s not. When you have to make a decision of this magnitude, you can’t help but think of the impact that your decision has on others.”

Knox chose Kentucky over Duke, Florida State, North Carolina and Missouri. The experts thought Knox was a Duke lock, holding 87% of the overall vote. Kentucky finished with zero votes.

“There were a lot of reasons why I chose Kentucky; first the coaching staff is phenomenal!” Knox wrote in his USAToday Blog. “They know how to get players to the league and get them outside of their comfort zone and push players to the limit.”

“Then I’ll be playing with a lot of great players every day in practice getting better against the best competition and, lastly, they know how to win,” Knox continued.

“The program knows how to win and I’ll have a lot of players around me that know how to win and want to learn how to win even more'” said Knox. “I’m happy to have this whole process over with!”

Kevin Knox Sr. told SEC Country coaches found out in the same way the world did.

“They found out when the world found out,” his father, Kevin Knox Sr., told SEC Country. “They found out on Twitter. I would imagine all five schools were waiting to find out the results.”

Knox Sr. stated that Kentucky was above and beyond on every check mark they were looking for in a school.

“Obviously we had a criteria for all the schools and a lot of the schools basically hit the check mark, but when you talk about amplifying those criteria, it was Kentucky who basically always seemed like they were on steroids for the criteria we had,” Knox Sr. told SEC Country. “All the schools develop great players, but we just thought that Kentucky developed their players a little bit better.”

Knox adds another five-star to a class already ranked number one overall by 247Sports. Knox joins five-stars Hamidou Diallo, Jared Vanderbilt, P.J. Washington, Nick Richards and Quade Green and four-stars Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jemarl Baker as the eighth overall commit in Kentucky’s class.

“As tough as it has been, I am confident and comfortable with the decision I have made,” Knox confirmed. “I’ve decided to do what’s best for me, and I’m happy. Because in the end, that is all that matters.”


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