This morning on the Sunday AM Sports talk show on WLAP in Lexington with Mark Buerger, Larry Vaught, and Anthony White, Kevin Knox, Sr. called in as a guest. He discussed the decision making process that led his son to ultimately choose Kentucky over Duke, North Carolina, Missouri, and Florida State.
The most interesting topic he addressed was the position-less style of basketball that John Calipari utilizes at UK and that part of the plan for Knox, Jr. was playing some shooting guard as a Kentucky Wildcat.
Knox, Jr. is a 6’8 player that can play in the post but is more comfortable handling the ball and shooting from the perimeter. Imagine as an opposing coach game planning for a 6’8 shooting guard that can take an opponent off of the dribble as well as posting up the smaller player. It’s a nightmare scenario.
With Hamidou Diallo possibly sticking in the NBA draft, Cal is definitely going to need another body at the guard spot and Kevin Knox would be one hell of an option.
Imagine a starting line-up of these guys:
Quade Green- 6’0
Kevin Knox- 6’8
Jarred Vanderbilt- 6’8
PJ Washington- 6’8
Nick Richards- 7’1
That’s a ton of length and athleticism.
Also discussed in the interview:
- Knox Sr. wants his son to get his degree at UK even if that means returning to school later after going pro
- He let his son make his own decision and ultimately helped guide him along instead of deciding for him
- Knox, Jr. wants to play with the best and already has a good relationship with the 2017 class
- He can guard multiple positions from the 1 to the 4
- He poo-poos comparisons to Kevin Durant, says his son is unique in his own right
If Knox, Jr. is anything like Knox, Sr. then Cal got a special kid last night. The elder Knox is the anti-LaVar Ball.
*I will post the podcast when it is available.