Kevin Knox has three in-home visits scheduled tonight beginning with North Carolina at 4:15 pm, followed by Missouri at 6:00 pm and then Duke at 8:00 pm. It will likely be his last three meetings with the five schools he is considering — Florida State and Kentucky were in last night — before he makes and announces his final decision sometime soon.
Barring a late, surprise invite, we will not be in Knox’s Tampa home when he meets with Roy Williams, Cuonzo Martin and Coach K. But that doesn’t mean we can’t predict the coaches’ final recruiting pitches, which I have done below.
Roy Williams, North Carolina
“Kevin, we need you dagummit. I tried to get Justin to stay one more year but he bolted for the dad-blum NBA with that new fiancee of his. Now my startin’ wing spot is open like a barn door and it’s all yours if you want it, kid. I can get you enrolled in whatever classes you want (wink, wink) with a dorm room full of all those Michael Jordan tennis sneakers. Now take a look at this box of UNC rings and tell me you want to be a Tar Heel. We can end this ‘crootment right here and now.”
Cuonzo Martin, Missouri
“Does your dad need a job? I’ll hire him right now. Director of Basketball ops work? Assistant? You name it and he’ll start tomorrow. Here, I even brought the Mizzou Athletics Employee Handbook and a map of campus. Now if you’ll just get him to sign this contract here and initial here and here, then fill out this I-9, we should be good to go. I went ahead and conducted a background check and he checked out, all good. I also had my secretary put together this welcoming package — there’s a card for a good realtor in there… Now Kevin, let me ask you: Are you a Tiger? Your dad and I would love to have you on our staff.”
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
“Kevin, I heard you met with John Calipari last night. What did he tell you? … Okay, that’s exactly what I was going to say. Word for word. Swear. Soooo pick Duke instead? I have more titles and I coach Team USA.”