By: Kevin Knox II (As told to Jesse Nadelman)
I never really understood how hard this decision would be. I went on countless visits, talked to almost everyone you could talk to, and yet I always still found myself back at square one. A lot of people think it’s easy. But it’s not. When you have to make a decision of this magnitude, you can’t help but think of the impact that your decision has on others.
Two years ago, nobody knew who I was. I wasn’t even sure if basketball was my future, because at the time, football was my passion. Yet here I am, 17 years old, playing basketball, and making one of the toughest decisions of my life.
This whole process has been surreal for me. The fan support from each school has been incredible and the appreciation they showed me has not gone unnoticed. In two years, I have gotten to know some of the most powerful minds in college basketball, and legendary coaches. They are truly great people who love what they do. But unfortunately, playing for them all is not an option.
Because the truth is that all five of these schools are great choices for me. I would love to play for Leonard Hamilton and follow in the footsteps of my father at Florida State, where he played wide receiver and after a great career as a Seminole was drafted into the NFL. I would love to add to the rich tradition that Duke University holds on and off the court, and play for one of the all time great coaches, Coach K. I would love to go up to Chapel Hill, play for Roy Williams, and chase back-to-back National Championships at North Carolina. I would love to join Big Blue Nation and play for Coach Calipari at Kentucky, and I would love to join my close friend Michael Porter Jr. and play for coach Cuonzo Martin at Missouri.
But I can only go to one school.
My support team has been amazing. I thank my family for guiding me through this whole process. They have been unbelievably supportive, and have always told me, “This is your decision.”
I also can’t thank enough the E1T1 organization and my Tampa Catholic family. Coach Dziagwa, my teammates, my teachers, administration, and ‘The Green Locos and Muchachio’ family. I will be a Crusader for life.
My parents always told me that at the end of the day as long as I make God and my family happy, everyone else will have to deal with it.
As tough as it has been, I am confident and comfortable with the decision I have made. I’ve decided to do what’s best for me, and I’m happy. Because in the end, that is all that matters.
The hard part is over now. I’m looking forward to making this about basketball again; getting in the gym, getting better, and working towards the goal of bring a national championship to the city of Lexington.
See you soon, Big Blue Nation.