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Kevin Knox drafted 9th by the New York Knicks

© Brad Penner | USATSI

© Brad Penner | USATSI

Kevin Knox will stay in New York City. Knox was selected ninth by the Knicks tonight, becoming the 18th lottery pick of the John Calipari era.

Knox led Kentucky in scoring last season, averaging 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. His best performance came against West Virginia, when he scored a career-high 34 points to lead the Cats to the comeback win. Knox was named SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, All-SEC First Team, and received All-American honorable mention from the Associated Press.

John Calipari is at the draft, but released this pre-recorded video after Knox was selected:

In the John Calipari era, Kentucky has now produced 32 NBA Draft picks over eight seasons, including 25 first-round selections, three No. 1 overall picks, 13 top-10 selections and 18 lottery picks.

The selection isn’t a surprise; earlier this week, Knox called the Knicks “the Kentucky Wildcats of the NBA” and slipped up and let the cat out of the bag during a radio interview earlier today:

Knicks fans at the Barclays Center weren’t happy with the pick, booing after Knox was announced:

Knox’s response? “I like that. It’s motivation. A lot of the city wants [Michael] Porter, but I’m ready to work. I’m ready to get to the organization and try to win some games.”

That’s our boy. Maybe that’s why Cal and Spike Lee looked so chummy earlier.

Knox and his new jersey:



Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

6 Comments for Kevin Knox drafted 9th by the New York Knicks

  1. shelby
    8:36 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Can’t blame them for booing. I mean porter showed sooo much in college … NOT

  2. ScottGreene22
    8:38 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Congrats good luck

  3. Eazy
    8:46 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    They will end up loving him!

  4. BBNDan7
    8:54 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Time to fire that Zack Geogehan kid

    • UKWildcatNation
      1:19 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      Hey Knox, don’t worry, everyone that was booing will be regretting it and cheering when you’re dropping buckets in MSG!

  5. 4everUKblue
    9:15 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Best of luck KK!