Kevin Knox is among several former Kentucky Wildcats in town for the 2018 John Calipari Draft Academy.
While working at the camp Wednesday morning, Knox found a young New York Knicks fan in Lexington to work with.
Knox was selected No. 9 overall by the Knicks in the 2018 NBA Draft. He then went on to have a big showing in the NBA Summer League, which has many believing he’s a real threat to win NBA Rookie of the Year.
When asked if he thinks he can win the award, his response was simple and to the point.
“I 100% think I can. That’s the goal.”
Knox also had some life-altering advice for campers in attendance:
Kevin Knox says the secret to being “good” is to get in the gym and stop playing Fortnite. pic.twitter.com/TO2FLWv75G— Tres Terrell (@TerrellTres) August 1, 2018
As someone who spent more time playing Warcraft growing up than playing sports, I can attest to this sage advice.
What Kentucky fans really want to know is what Knox has to say about the 2018-19 edition of Kentucky Basketball, which he is already very high on.
“Yesterday in practice, they were going at it. Competitive. Really good guys. Guys that can really shoot the ball,” said Knox. “They’ve got a lot of leaders on the team this year, so I think they’re going to have a really good year this year. Cal’s done a great job again. KP (Kenny Payne) and the other coaches. Players look like they really want it. They compete every day in practice. It’s fun to watch.”
It helps that this is one of the rare Calipari-coached teams that has a wealth of experience, something Knox thinks will prove vital this upcoming season.
“PJ (Washington), Quade Green) and Nick (Richards) all played a lot of minutes last year, I think that’s gonna help a lot,” he said. “Those last two minutes of the game, when it comes down to crunch time, they have been in that situation, and they’ll be able to step up as leaders to help the young guys.”
As if this team didn’t need any more reason for fans to get excited about.
But most importantly, it’s wonderful seeing Knox and other former Cats journeying back to Lexington to help their former coach with one of his many camps he does throughout the year.
La Familia indeed.