EXCLUSIVE: ‘My Next Step’ By Kevin Knox II

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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. 

KEVIN KNOX

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  2. I’m very excited to have you here at Kentucky. It’s going to be a fun year!

  3. Thank you for choosing Kentucky. We looked forward to you & the rest of the team bringing us #9. BBN accepts you with live & open arms. GOD BLESS!

    1. And should that unlikely event occur it will be voided when Carolina is forced to vacate all recent titles due to their unprecedented academic fraud scandal.

      1. COACH CAL = COACH CASH! WORLD WIDE WES BROUGHT THE BIG BAG O CASH TO THE KNOX FAMILY… BET ON IT!

        luke maye , baby, luke maye!!!!

  4. I would’ve love to seen you come in behind Jayson Tatum in Durham, but you have got to do what’s best for you. Congrats on your decision and I hope it works out for you.

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  7. What an incredible and deeply conscious decision this young man has made.
    It is obvious to me he is way beyond his years and guided by two very thoughtful, encouraging parents who set the right parameters for their son and then gave him the autonomy to make the decision he thought best for him. What a tremendous support system he has around him.
    Congratulations to you Mr. Knox , I hope BBN can live up to your expectations!

  8. Class act joining the top recruiting class of 2017! Welcome to BBN Kevin Knox II !!!

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  10. Welcome to the University of Kentucky the bbn welcomes you. I look forward to see on the court with you great talent with the basketball

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  18. What a understanding this young man has at such an early age. I hope his decision is the right one for him. We, the big blue nation will be proud to have him hear.

  19. Hey Kevin
    U made the right choice
    The track record at BBN will serve you right.
    Barry

  20. It’s all KY this year !! Can’t wait to spank Louisville, you KNOOOW !! Kevin work hard , Cal will put$ in your pocket in NBA !!

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