Kevin Knox (basketball)
Knox at the 2017 McDonald's All-American Game
|No. 20 – New York Knicks|
|Born||August 11, 1999|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Tampa Catholic|
|NBA draft||2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|2018–present||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Kevin DeVon Knox II (born August 11, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats and attended high school at Tampa Catholic High School.
High school career
Knox attended Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Florida. As a junior, he averaged 30.1 points per game, 11.2 rebounds per game, and 2.4 assists while leading the Crusaders to regional and district championships and runner-up to the 2016 Florida Class 4A semifinals. In the 2016 summer, he joined his AAU team, E1T1 United on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) Circuit. On May 14, 2016, Knox scored career high 28 points in a win against All Ohio Red. He averaged 19.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game on the EYBL circuit. As a senior, Knox averaged 28.5 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per game leading Tampa Catholic to a (25–6) record. He played in the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic. He was a five-star recruit and was regarded as one of the top players in the 2017 class. On May 6, 2017, Knox committed to play basketball at the University of Kentucky, spurning offers from Duke, Florida State, Missouri and North Carolina. He also turned down a professional offer to play in the Chinese Basketball Association as well.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Kevin Knox II
|Tampa, Florida||Tampa Catholic High School||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||Jun 5, 2017|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN: ESPN grade: 95|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #7 Rivals: #9 247Sports: #8 ESPN: #7|
In his freshman season, Knox led the young Wildcats to a 10-8 conference record, finishing 4th in the SEC, but still led the team with 15.9 points per game. As one of the team's only three point shooting threats, he frequently played big minutes, leading Calipari to complain that Knox was playing "too many" minutes as early as December. Despite this, he went to be named to the All-Rookie and First Team All-SEC. The team turned around their fortunes in time to win the SEC tournament, with Knox totaling 18 points and 7 rebounds in the final against Tennessee.
New York Knicks (2018–present)
On June 21, 2018, Knox was selected with the ninth overall pick by the New York Knicks in the 2018 NBA draft. On July 5, 2018, the New York Knicks announced that they had signed Knox. On October 17, 2018, Knox made his debut in NBA, coming off the bench in a 126–107 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ten points, two steals and a block. Two days later on October 19, Knox scored team-high 17 points with six rebounds in a 105–107 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. But one day later, Knox sprained his left ankle in a 101–103 loss to the Boston Celtics. Knox later returned to action and on December 1, 2018, Knox scored his career-high 26 points with four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in a 136–134 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Knox then received the Eastern Conference's December 2018 NBA Rookie of the Month Award. On January 13, 2019, Knox scored his career-high 31 points with seven rebounds, and two steals in a 105–108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
National team career
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- Johnson, Chris. "Four Factors That Will Define Kentucky's Season Going Forward". December 14, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
- Page, Fletcher (December 8, 2017). "John Calipari has no option but to play Kevin Knox 'too many' minutes". Louisville courier-Journal. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
- Page, Fletcher (March 6, 2017). "2018 SEC Men's Basketball Awards announced". SEC website. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
- Page, Fletcher (March 11, 2017). "Kentucky wins fourth straight SEC Tournament". SEC website. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
- Goodman, Jeff (April 6, 2018). "Kevin Knox declares for draft after one season at Kentucky". ESPN. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- Iseman, Chris (June 21, 2018). "NBA Draft: New York Knicks banking on Kevin Knox's upside, potential". North Jersey Media Group. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- "NEW YORK KNICKS SIGN KEVIN KNOX". NBA.com. July 5, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
- "Knicks overwhelm Young, Hawks 126-107 in Fizdale's debut". ESPN.com. October 18, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
- "LeVert's basket gives Nets 107-105 win over Knicks". ESPN.com. October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
- "Kevin Knox exits with left ankle injury, out for game". NBA.com. October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
- "Mudiay scores 28, Knicks top Bucks 136-134 in OT". ESPN.com. December 1, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
- "76ers escape with 108-105 win over Knicks; Embiid scores 26". ESPN.com. January 13, 2019. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
- Hughes, Chase (June 1, 2018). "Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Kevin Knox". NBC Sports Washington. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
Knox's father was a star wide receiver at Florida State and was part of their 1993 national championship team. He went on to play one season in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals after being drafted in the sixth round.