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Having already cut his list to 10 schools, Kevin Knox plans to trim his list to five or six “sometime this week,” he told SNY.tv on Wednesday.
“I’m focused on five or six that I really want to focus on, I’m going to narrow down to five or six probably next month,” the 6-foot-8 Class of 2017 small forward from Tampa (FL) Catholic and E1T1 told SNY.tv last month at Elite 24 practice.
Knox’s current list includes Duke, North Carolina, Miami, Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Villanova, Florida State and Arizona.
Knox will also host four in-home visits beginning Friday, as first reported by Pat Lawless: Kentucky (Friday), Duke (Monday), North Carolina (Wednesday) and Florida State (Wednesday).
Knox’s 247 Crystal Ball currently stands at 100 percent for Duke.
Gary Trent Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. have openly talked about a package deal together, with many people suspecting they will end up at Duke, a la Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor.
Fellow Class of 2017 stars Mohamed Bamba and Quade Green of the PSA Cardinals — who are also on the Nike trip — have also been linked to Duke.
But Knox isn’t certain he will join the party.
“They all want to play with me,” he said. “We all want to play together in college. They [Carter and Trent] probably leaning somewhere but as for me I’m not really leaning towards anywhere. But it would be fun playing with them in college.”
Asked if he thinks Trent and Carter will end up together, Knox said: “Yeah, they’re a serious package deal. They tell me all the time they’re playing together. They’re roommates pretty much at every camp, so I’m pretty sure them two will play together in college.”
Is a three-man package realistic?
“No, not really,” he said “Usually it’s two-man. I haven’t really seen a three-man or four-man package deal before.”
Meantime, Florida State figures to remain heavily in the mix. Kevin Knox Sr. was a wide receiver on Florida State’s 1994 national championship team and a sixth-round NFL draft pick. His mother also played volleyball for the Seminoles.
“FSU was in my Top 10,” Knox said. “Jonathan Isaac said he really likes it. He picked up a lot of weight. He’s at about 215 now. They really want me to follow in the legacy of my parents and go start something of my own.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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