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Kevin Knox drafted by the New York Knicks in 2018 NBA Draft

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NCAA Basketball: Mississippi at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox has been drafted by the New York Knicks with the No. 9 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Knox is the 18th Wildcat to be taken in the NBA Draft Lottery in the John Calipari era at Kentucky. As yet another talented one-and-done at Kentucky, this was almost always the plan for Knox. He came to UK as a consensus five-star prospect, one of the most highly-touted recruits in his class.

Knox’s freshman year wasn’t perfect, and he had his inconsistencies, but performances like he had at West Virginia (34 points & 7 boards) and against Davidson (25 & 6) showed he has far too much potential to not be a high pick in this draft and become an instant millionaire.

Knox led the team in points per game with 15.6. He also led the team in 3-pointers made, and finished second on the team in total rebounds. He was named the SEC’s Co-Freshman of the Year, and landed on the first-team all-conference list.

Knox was originally seen as a draft prospect who’d go at the very end of the lottery, but after workouts and team interviews, his stock climbed as high as top 10 on a lot of mocks.

Going into draft day, Knox was projected to go as high as No. 7 to the Chicago Bulls, and the lowest protection had him going No. 11 to the Charlotte Hornets.

Congratulations to Knox. Best of luck to him as he begins what’s shaping up to be a long and productive NBA career.

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