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Kevin Knox leaves USA Basketball U19 camp with hamstring injury

Knox is coming back to Lexington for the summer.

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It looks like Kevin Knox won’t be heading to Egypt.

On Wednesday, head coach John Calipari revealed that Knox suffered a minor hamstring injury. Instead of pushing it, Calipari advised Knox to return to Lexington.

Calipari added, “My suggestion was that he go back to Lexington to rest it and focus on class, which he is. He's too important to our season to push it and aggravate it more. But he was great this week at USA Basketball training camp. Proud of him.”

Knox was easily one of the biggest stars at the camp. He probably had already locked up a spot before the injury took place, so it’s unfortunate to see he won’t get to play in Egypt.

The good news is he still got some practice time with his coach, and the injury doesn’t sound like anything serious at all. This also makes it easier for Hamidou Diallo and P.J. Washington to make the team. It was hard to envision all three Kentucky Wildcats making it, so perhaps we’ll see a different pair of Cats make it than originally anticipated.