Could Kevin Knox become one of the rare one-and-done prospects that actually chooses not to leave after one year?
Don’t count on it, but Knox and his family are at least saying it’s a possibility the freshman forward returns for a sophomore season in Lexington.
Prior to the Sweet 16, Knox’s father told a Tampa newspaper that an early entry to the NBA Draft is “not a done deal.”
“It’s a decision that will be made sooner rather than later,” Knox Sr. said. “It’s not a done deal that Kevin is going. He really enjoys Kentucky. He loves the stage and the basketball program and BBN (Big Blue Nation).”
Following UK’s loss to K-State in the Sweet 16, Knox said he’s actually thinking about what could be if some of his teammates pass on the NBA and return for another year of college hoops.
“It’d be crazy if a lot of us came back,” said Knox. “With the recruits we’ve got coming in and with what we went through this year, next year, we’d be really dangerous. A lot of guys can come back, a lot of guys can leave.
“I’m pretty sure next year, it’s gonna be crazy. We’ve learned so much this year, we could help the freshmen coming in. It’s gonna be a great season next year regardless of who comes in and who doesn’t.”
That obviously sounds great, it’s still very hard to see Knox coming back. He’s projected to be a top-15 pick in this year’s NBA Draft, which is something we’ve rarely seen anyone at UK pass on.
But if nothing else, at least it appears Knox will entertain the thought of returning to Lexington.