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Kevin Knox “really wanted to come back” to Kentucky


Kevin Knox ended up declaring for the NBA Draft, but he insists the decision to leave Kentucky was a tough one. This morning, Knox told KSR he really wanted to come back for his sophomore year, but ultimately, couldn’t risk losing his dream of playing professionally.

“A lot of people are saying, ‘He’s just saying that to say that,’ but I actually was really thinking about coming back. I was thinking about what we could do next year, my sophomore year. A lot of great guys are coming in. We had some unfinished business this year and I really wanted to win a national championship. I was really torn. I was talking to my parents about it. I really wanted to come back. The fans were crazy. I just wanted another year at Kentucky, but it just didn’t happen.”

“It’s been my lifelong dream,” Knox said of the NBA. “A lot of people said I could have come back next year and been a higher pick, but I’m a lottery pick this year, or at least that’s what they say, so I want to make sure. That’s been my dream. I’ve always dreamed of going up on that stage. Why not go when you have the chance? I want to just make it happen this year.”

The “will he stay or will he go” debate is tiresome, but Knox’s comments seemed very sincere. Listen below at the start of the second hour.

And be sure to check out Knox’s autograph tour, which wraps up this week:

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14 responses to “Kevin Knox “really wanted to come back” to Kentucky”

  1. TreyTingle

    He’s just saying that to save face. Like the kid. But don’t tell me you really wanted to comeback when you could have.

    1. TB112162

      Trey your a disgrace

    2. Alex90

      He’s right though? Knox doesn’t need the money and should be able to go top 10 next year easily if he returned. But I get he doesn’t want to risk getting hurt just don’t say you wanted to come back because nobody forced you to go

    3. Jiminy Crickets

      I hate the Knox doesn’t need money argument. His dad is a former WR drafted in 6th round, and played one season at Arizona. So yea, he prob made enough money for family to be comfortable, but his son will sign a multimillion dollar contract with guaranteed money. No one “doesn’t need” that kind of money

    4. jimmer

      Hey Trey you can leave your job to go make millions at Google. Or, just stay there another year and MAYBE make more millions next year. What’re you gonna do?! You gone too.

    5. runningunnin.454

      He explained it clearly…and 99.9% would do the same thing.

  2. mikeintn

    I think if they really want to come back they should be able to.

  3. chris43

    Wish he would have came back for a second season BUT if you can be a lottery pick you’re crazy for not going pro.

  4. smahurin

    It is possible for there to be things such as “tough decisions”. Just because he left doesn’t mean it was A) easy, or that he B) didn’t consider coming back or didn’t enjoy his time here.

    Very rarely in life are things truly cut and dry.

    1. BlueDeuce

      Make millions or go back to college…that is pretty cut and dry!

    2. Soylentbeans

      You can make anything cut and dry if you want. Example marry this woman or not.

  5. ukbradstith

    We have some really unpleasant fans. Of course he wanted to come back. So did Cousins and lots of others. Sometimes you have to use your head instead of your heart. I don’t think he would have been higher next year, maybe a few picks, and why risk the injury chance? Not worth the gamble.

    1. Alex90

      I agree but even 5 picks higher is a big financial difference

  6. UKFootballYall

    That’s funny. I wanted to, but I’m not going to. And hey, I almost entered into the NFL draft but decided not to because they did not have an acceptable match under their 401k plan. ?