Kevin Knox Turns Down $1.4 Million to Play In College

Kevin Knox Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Five-star Tampa Catholic (FL) 2017 wing Kevin Knox reportedly turned down $1.4 million to play for the Chinese Basketball Association during the coming season, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times.

“I didn’t put much stock into the offer,” said his father, also named Kevin (Knox). “We politely said thanks but no thanks. He’s going to college.”

Too much time was invested in meeting with coaches and taking official recruiting trips to find the right program that would help Kevin in his abbreviated college apprenticeship. To safeguard against injury before a big payday in the pros, the family is taking out a $1 million insurance policy through Lloyd’s of London.

Knox — who won Gold with the USA Basketball U17 Team last Summer, is a McDonald’s All-American, played on the USA Junior Select team at the Nike Hoop Summit and most recently participated in the Jordan Brand Classic — is only one of only six available Top 25 Players in the latest 247Sports 2017 Player Rankings.

His list consisted of four teams, Duke, Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina, all four receiving official visits. But with the addition of Michael Porter Jr to Missouri, Knox has since added a fifth and final official to Columbia.

“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,” Knox told MADE Hoops. “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.”

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

Knox has yet to finalize a school, something he says won’t happen before April 28th. But the lucky school to get him is just one more stepping stone to Knox’s ultimate goal.

For Knox, his target is much bigger than $1.4 million, it’s clearly the NBA or bust.


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