Kevin Knox is an elite wing with “wow” factor athleticism, a reliable jump shot and a motor that won’t quit; evident in why he’s ranked No. 7 overall in the ESPN 60. Knox claimed a gold medal last summer at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship and pumped in 30 points and 11 rebounds a game at Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.) this season. That kind of production has college basketball heavyweights like Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky and Florida State, among many others, all in hot pursuit. Now Knox has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a blog.
What’s going on world! It’s Kevin back with another blog for you guys; the last couple have been great and I’m excited to tell you what’s been going on in my life over the last couple of weeks.
I finally got on the sticks with my man Gary Trent and we both won a game; he won the first game and I won the second game.
Our series is tied so we’ll definitely get in the tiebreaker soon.
It’s crazy that I’m starting my senior year!
It’s been the quickest four years of my life; just the other day I was a freshman and now my little brother is a freshman so it’s crazy when you think about it.
A lot of guys say that they just coast their senior year, but my school is really tough academically and it’s really challenging. I am liking my classes, but I’m gonna have to put in as much work in the classroom as I do on the court.
Our team is gonna be really young this year; I’m one of the two seniors on the team, but we’ve got some really good transfers and I think we’ve got what it takes to be successful.
I feel good about our chances.
I had a few in-home visits last week and they all went really well. It’s just cool to get to know the coaches in a setting like that at my house.
First visit was with Kentucky and that was cool because they told me that I didn’t have a position and they were bringing in guys that I’d be able to easily play with. They talked about the chance to play for a national title and that was appealing to me.
Then Duke came in and they told me about the guys that they were recruiting and some of the other guys that they were going after. They compared me to Grant Hill and Paul George. Coach K told me that he’d coached a lot of the pros through USA Basketball and he felt like I could be like those guys.
Next was FSU and they told me that they didn’t want me to come there because my parents went there, they wanted me there to make my own legacy. I liked that. They told me that I’d get the opportunity early there and Coach Ham plays up and down, which is the way I like to play.
North Carolina was last and the biggest thing they talked about was family. That’s what they’re big on there and that was cool to hear; that’s something I like. Also, they led the nation a couple years in transition points and points in the paint, which was big for me to hear. They said they don’t really have a player like me and that with Justin Jackson probably leaving next season I’d be able to step in there and play those minutes.
All of the visits were great.
I think I’ll probably be releasing the dates for my official visits soon. My first one is on Oct. 14!
The process can get a little stressful at times; I definitely am starting to feel like I want to start narrowing things down.
I’ve had a few conversations with a couple other players about our recruitments and what it’d be like to play together. Y’all know I’ve always said I don’t want to do the package deals, but the reality is that a lot of us have the same schools and we’ll probably end up going together.
For me it doesn’t matter though, I’ll just play with whoever comes and we’ll go after that national championship!
Gotta tell y’all that Drake’s concert is definitely one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. I was about eighth row on the floor so that was a great experience.
If he comes to your city I’d definitely recommend you go!
OK everybody that’s another blog in the books. It’s great to be back on my blog, I had a good time and I’ll be back soon with another one.
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