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Kevin Knox Enjoys Duke Visit, Planning Winter Decision
Kevin Knox enjoyed his weekend official visit to Duke and is still planning a winter decision.
“It was real good,” the 6-foot-8 Class of 2017 small forward from Tampa (FL) Catholic and E1T1 said. “They have coached a lot of people that play like me, so that’s basically their message.”
Knox said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff compared him to former Duke great Grant Hill and current Pacers star Paul George, whom Coach K coached with the gold medal-winning Olympic team. Knox is currently projected as the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft per DraftExpress.com.
Duke was Knox’s first official visit — and the only one prior to the NCAA early signing period Nov. 9-16.
He’s slated to visit Florida State (Jan. 7-9), Kentucky (Jan. 28-30) and UNC (Feb. 4-6).
“I’m still going to make my decision in February or March,” he said.
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.
The 6-5 Trent Jr. is down to Duke, UCLA and Michigan State and visited Michigan State this weekend, while the 6-10 Carter Jr. is considering Duke, Harvard, Georgia and Georgia Tech.
Fellow Class of 2017 stars Mohamed Bamba and Quade Green of the PSA Cardinals are also considering Duke among their final choices.
But Knox isn’t certain he will join the party.
“They all want to play with me,” he told me during the Elite 24 Game in August. “We all want to play together in college. They [Carter and Trent] are 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.”
Kentucky and UNC remain on the list for visits, with Kentucky figuring to bolster its recruiting class during the spring signing period.
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.
“Jonathan Isaac said he really likes it,” Knox said in August of their freshman star and projected 2017 draft pick. “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.”
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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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