- Kevin Knox
- Hometown (Last School)
- Tampa, FL (Tampa Catholic)
- August 11, 1999
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Kevin Devon Knox was born August 11, 1999 in Phoenix, Arizona to Michelle and Kevin Knox. His siblings include Kobe, Karter and Ashley. His father was a wide receiver for Florida State and a member of the 1993 national championship team. He wears a size 18 shoe. 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 summer of 2016, he joined his AAU team, E1T1 United on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) Circuit. On May 14, 2016, Knox scored a 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. He was a 2017 Naismith High School All-America Second Team selection, as well as the 2016 USA Today All-USA Florida First Team member. A three-time All-State First Team selection, Knox has been a mainstay with USA Basketball and won two gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup. He started all six games in 2016 for a team that went 7-0 to win gold. 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 owns Tampa Catholic’s school record with 55 points in a game. He played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. On May 6, 2017, he committed to Kentucky over Duke, North Carolina, Florida State and Missouri.
As a freshman, he was a Associated Press All-America honorable mention and was tabbed Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the Year alongside Alabama’s Collin Sexton. He was also named to the All-SEC First Team and SEC All-Freshman Team by the league’s coaches. Knox made the SEC All-Tournament Team. He led the team in scoring (15.8) points per game, 3-pointers made (57), and one of only two players on the team (PJ Washington) with 200 or more rebounds. He recorded the eighth-most points (576) in school history as a freshman and scored in double figures in all but seven games, including a team-high 10 games with 20 or more. He started all 37 games. He was named Citizen Naismith National Player of the Week, Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week (United States Basketball Writers Association), Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Week (USBWA) and SEC Freshman of the Week for the week of Jan. 29 for his performance vs. Mississippi State and No. 7/7 West Virginia. He scored in double figures in 13 of 14 games to end the season. He erupted for a game-high 34 points in a 17-point comeback victory at No. 7/7 West Virginia and made a season-best five 3-pointers vs. the Mountaineers. The 34 points were the most by a Wildcat in the 2017-18 season and most by a UK player since De’Aaron Fox scored 39 vs. UCLA in the 2017 Elite Eight game vs. UCLA. It was the most points by a Wildcat on the road since Malik Monk recorded 34 points to begin SEC play for the 2016-17 season. He notched his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. ETSU. On a national stage at the State Farm Champions Classic vs. No. 4/3 Kansas, scored 20 points for the first time in his career with three 3-pointers and seven rebounds.
On April 6, 2018, Knox declared for the 2018 NBA draft and hired an agent, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.
On June 21, 2018, Knox was selected with the ninth overall pick by the New York Knicks in the 2018 NBA draft