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Wednesday Quickies: Kevin Knox Rising Edition

Will Kevin Knox hear his name called in the top 10 of the 2018 NBA Draft?

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

Kevin Knox hasn’t gotten a lot of NBA Draft as of late, as he’s been consistently projected in the 14-16 range and didn’t seem to be in the top-10 discussion.

That is until ESPN draft guru Jonathan Givony got to watch and interview Knox, who’s now getting some top-10 buzz with the draft just over a week away.

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A team like the Sixers (10) could sure use a guy like Knox as they look to take the next step toward winning the East next season.

Good times.

UK running back target Aidan Robbins is set to make his college decision tonight. The Cats were in a good spot, but Robbins never took his official visit to Lexington, so don’t count on them being the pick.

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