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.
— NBA (@NBA) June 22, 2018
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:
— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) June 22, 2018
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:
Kevin Knox while talking about the Knicks slips up and says "we got a new coach … they got a new coach." pic.twitter.com/1GvHK0WJFD
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) June 21, 2018
Knicks fans at the Barclays Center weren’t happy with the pick, booing after Knox was announced:
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 22, 2018
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.”
Knox and his new jersey: