BY LARRY VAUGHT
Kevin Knox fooled most of the recruiting analysts when he announced that he would play college basketball — not North Carolina, Duke or Florida State as the analysts expected.
Never mind that Knox, a 6-9 player with guard-like skills, had always listed Kentucky as a possibility and that several sources at UK had continued to say they liked their position with Knox, a consensus top 10 player in the 2017 recruiting class.
The logic was that with the return of Wenyan Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones along with the arrival of freshman Jarred Vanderbilt and P.J. Washington that Knox could go to one of the other schools on his list and know he would get more playing time.
That theory made Kevin Knox Sr. chuckle.
“I think it says a lot about who he is as a person that he wanted to go to Kentucky,” Knox Sr. said. “At the end of the day, it was his decision to go to the University of Kentucky. This was not the parents making the choice. We just oversaw his recruiting and guided him.
“It also says he is very confident in his skill set. Everybody said he would not go there because they have got so many players. What the pundits really meant is that they already had players like Kevin. But that is where they are wrong. That’s why we have a chip on our shoulders. We are not like them.
“We are not a 4 (power forward). Coach Calipari and his staff are not going to put Kevin in a box. Cal said, ‘You are a position less player.’ He can bring the ball up the floor. He will play the 2 (shooting guard). They (UK coaches) are hoping he is the guy that can replace (Malik) Monk.”
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