John Calipari is famous for encouraging his players to chase their NBA dreams, to the point that he jokingly kicked De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Bam Adebayo off the team after last season. According to a new report from Kyle Tucker, that was not the case with Kevin Knox.
Knox’s father told Tucker that Calipari pitched Kevin on the idea of returning to Kentucky for another season to better prepare for the NBA (requisite reminder that Knox is one of the youngest players in the country). Currently, Knox is projected to go anywhere from tenth to fifteenth in the lottery, but Calipari believes his stock can get even higher with another year of school.
“He said, ‘Man, we want you to come back, but at the end of the day, if you end up leaving, we will not have been able to see the best of Kevin Knox in Lexington,'” Knox Sr. told SEC Country. “That is yet to come if you decide to leave.’ ”
Well, how about that. Knox Sr. reiterated that the family will make a decision by Friday and it will be a final one in that he won’t just test the waters. If he comes back (if, if, if!), his mission is a national championship. His dad had a really awesome quote about that, but you’ll have to click on over to SEC Country to read it.