Five-star wing Kevin Knox is Mr. Popularity ever since his friends committed to colleges

Kevin Knox is one of the most sought after players in the country. (Photo: adidas)

Kevin Knox is one of the most sought after players in the country. (Photo: adidas)

Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.) wing Kevin Knox has never felt more popular in his life.

Over the last three weeks, five of the top 25 players in the country have made decisions on where they’ll attend college, which not only added stars to Duke and Kentucky’s lineups for next season it also added able recruiters.

All seem to have their sights set on Knox.

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“I’m getting a lot of texts,” Knox said. “It’s pretty cool; all those guys are my boys so it makes sense.”

Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) forward P.J. Washington, The Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.) center Nick Richards and Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) point guard Quade Green signed with Kentucky during the Early Signing Period which ran from Nov. 9-16. Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. and Pace Academy (Atlanta) forward Wendell Carter Jr. signed with Duke.

Each player said they’d be pursuing Knox during their announcements, and, yeah, they’ve made good on that statement.

“Both Wendell and Gary at Duke have been hitting me up a lot,” said Knox, who is ranked No. 7 overall in the ESPN 100. “Quade, P.J. and Nick have been hitting me too wanting me to team-up with them. I just came back from FSU last weekend and so, of course, I got the speech about what playing there would be like. Then North Carolina fans are crazy about me so they’re constantly hitting me up, so I get a lot of contact from people from each school.”

Their desires are understandable; Knox is one of the most athletic, versatile players in the country and is the type of player that would mesh well with any combination of stars.

“He’s a guy you need on your team,” Trent said. “He does a lot of things well and he can really help you. I’m definitely trying to get Kev to Duke with me.”

Knox embraces his heightened popularity, just so long as no one uses those two words that make him cringe: Package deal.

“Yeah package deals aren’t my thing,” Knox said. “I’ve always said that in my blogs. If it works out that the school I pick is the best school for me and it’s a school that one of my boys goes to then that’s great, but I just don’t like saying it’s a package. That’s not me, but I’ve got a lot of great options.”

Just ask his committed friends.

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