Kevin Knox has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft and will hire an agent. He announced the news on Twitter:
God gives us choices and we trust him to make the right one!! pic.twitter.com/t7RFRhljAK— Kev (@KevKnox) April 6, 2018
Knox was Kentucky’s most recognizable star. Coming to UK as a highly-touted five-star recruit with a UK commitment that rocked the college basketball world, he 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 Freshman of the Year, and landed on the first-team all-conference list.
As a stretch big, Knox is very appealing to the modern NBA. Despite a turbulent season that included the highest of highs (34 points and seven rebounds in a comeback win over the West Virginia Mountaineers) and the lowest of lows (four points, 1 of 9 from the field against Monmouth), Knox will benefit from the fact that this is a weak draft after the first 13-16 picks (and he has a ton of upside).
Sports Illustrated had Knox listed as the number 10 prospect on their big board, and they have him going 10th to the Charlotte Hornets in their mock draft. NBADraft.net has him in the same spot on both the mock and the big board.
Knox is undoubtedly going to be the least surprising departure from this year’s team. Regardless of performance this season, he was seen as a likely one-and-done before he even stepped foot on campus.
A semi-successful season put him in the lottery conversation, and now he’ll join the roster of Calipari’s NBA players.