The recruitment of Kevin Knox should go on for another month, but that may be all it goes.
According to 247 Sports, Knox is planning on making his college decision between April 1-15. That would come right after the college basketball season ends, and there also should be more clarity as to who is leaving for the NBA Draft at the schools he’s considering.
The plan all along has been for Knox to wait until April/May to make a decision, and for good reason. The two perceived favorites — UK and Duke —both have key players who could enter the draft or return and lessen Knox’s role if he went there.
For Duke, they could have Gary Trent, Grayson Allen, Luke Kennard, and/or Frank Jackson back next season, making it harder for Knox to make an impact there. But if any of those three upperclassmen leaves, then Knox could step in easier and assume a bigger role next season.
At Kentucky, they already have P.J. Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, and possibly Hamidou Diallo fighting for those wing spots, though Knox can play the 4 spot as well. Isaiah Briscoe is likely going to the NBA (D-League), and Wenyen Gabriel is also considering a jump to the pros.
If one or both of those guys leave, Knox should have no problem winning a starting spot and prominent role in Lexington next season.
And don’t count out North Carolina or Florida State either. They’ve remained strong enough in this recruitment that it wouldn’t be a total shock to see either of them land Knox, though Duke is still viewed as the slight favorite with Kentucky right behind them.
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