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: