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Kevin Knox’s dad: “Not a done deal” Knox will leave this year

Kevin Knox may seem like the player most likely to go pro on this year’s roster, but according to his dad, it’s not a done deal. Knox Sr. spoke to the Tampa Bay Times’ Bob Putnam last week about his son’s decision and said Kevin enjoys Kentucky so much he’s considering sticking around for a sophomore year.

“It’s a decision that will be made sooner rather than later,” Knox Sr. said. “It’s not a done deal that Kevin is going. He really enjoys Kentucky. He loves the stage and the basketball program and BBN (Big Blue Nation).”

Knox Sr. said he will come to Lexington next week to talk to Kevin and the entire family will meet in Tampa the weekend of April 7-9 to talk some more. While I have a feeling Knox will ultimately decide to go pro this year (the latest ESPN mock draft has him just outside the lottery at No. 15), it’s worth remembering he is the youngest player on this team. Also, he did say this after Kentucky’s loss to Kansas State on Thursday night.

“I’m pretty sure next year, it’s gonna be crazy,” Knox said, via Kyle Tucker. “We’ve learned so much this year that we could help the freshmen coming in.”

So you’re saying there’s a chance…

(…but probably not.)

[Tampa Bay Times]


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39 Comments for Kevin Knox’s dad: “Not a done deal” Knox will leave this year

  1. kydrummer
    6:35 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    We’ve heard this before!

    • Rembrandt
      7:13 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, exactly. Knox may not realize for sure yet that he is OAD. He may still be coping with the humbling emotions of having played a subpar game against Kansas State. But, soon, he and his Dad will sit down with professional consultants that will explain the math to them. Knox is gone.

    • ready4nineNOW
      9:12 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

      Rembrandt- i am so tired of heating another year wont help. Im not sayin he will stay. But these kids get more gym time then they have in their lives. Professionals get better because they play ball 24/7. That doesnt mean a player will get better, but to act like it is impossible for players to get better is just silly

  2. jaws2
    6:39 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    I’d really like him to stay, but Cal will definitely try to get him to leave. I think he would be a MUCH better player next year and possibly move himself to top 5 in the next draft. Just my opinion.

    • Rembrandt
      7:41 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Knox would not make the top five in the draft a year from now, in my opinion. He is a good player, but he’s not going to be top five. I honestly don’t believe he would have much to gain by coming back, and I suspect his uncertainty is being driven by disappointment in his performance against Kansas State plus his insight that next year’s UK basketball team is probably going to be really good.

  3. Catlogic15
    6:52 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Cal will push him out. And two meetings to discuss? He’s gone. And kydrum correct, we always here this after an emotional exit from the tournament.

    • Rembrandt
      5:16 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

      Cal doesn’t push players out. People who believe that kind of thing have a fundamental misconception. Cal might advise a player that he is ready for the NBA, or that he would have nothing to gain athletically by returning. That doesn’t constitute “pushing them out”. Example. Cal advised Cauley Stein to leave a year earlier than he actually left. But when Cauley Stein chose to return anyway, there wasn’t any problem.

  4. Willis talkin bout....
    6:56 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    His family doesnt need the money. And if he thinks another year will get in the Lottery then it would b smart. Not only that.. He may actually LIKE being in school. So.. who knows.

    • BNClay
      7:36 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      His Dad played 1 year in the NFL and now works for the Tampa Bay Housing authority. Not exactly set for life money. Also he said before he committed he had it written on his bedroom wall to be a one and done. He gone.

  5. Not Dan Issel
    7:03 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    IF . . . everyone were to come back next year, with the players coming in that we have, it could be a tremendous year.

    • Luether
      7:57 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      And IF a frog had wings, he wouldn’t bump his a$$ ever-time he jumps…

    • 4everUKblue
      9:05 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      That’s only about the 5th time you’ve used that stupid saying, surprised you didn’t use the one with the queen having balls. Luether is so stupid.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:55 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      If you watch the slow motion replay, you will see that a frog actually does not bump his ass when he jumps.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:02 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

      If everyone came back, a third of the team would have to pay their own way because we’d be out of scholarships!

  6. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    7:04 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Watching the Facebook Watch show “Inside the Madness” you can see how authentic the connection is with the Knox family and the Kentucky staff. Papa Kev and Kenny Payne look to have built a perfect understanding of one another, both went pro in their respective sports.

  7. Mathlete
    7:11 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    I’d LOVE to have him back again next year, but dude… Take the money.

  8. maximumscott
    7:11 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Can we just dream for a moment?!??

  9. BBN_strive_4_9
    7:11 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    He gone

  10. UKGrad2008
    7:17 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    It’s a done deal.

  11. BlueSteel
    7:29 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Keldon Johnson on one wing and Kevin Knox on the other – Oh the joy there would be!!

  12. philbo
    7:34 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Love to have him back but if lottery pick, gotta leave.
    Grayson Allen is the cautionary tale. If he would’ve left after freshmen year and national title he would’ve been drafted early. Not sure he’ll be in first round now.
    Who knows, some guys easy decision. Some not so much. Great to hear Kevin enjoyed the experience here.

    • BigBlueMeade
      8:52 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Frosh year Grayson didnt have the NBA attention. Shouldve been 2 and done.

    • 4everUKblue
      9:07 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      I just can’t wait to see him trip someone in the NBA. He’ll be breathing out of a tube.

    • Rixter
      10:29 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Grayson Allen would be out of the league by now, and have 24 credit hours to put on his resume.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:57 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t get the feeling that Kevin will be going around tripping people and twerking and otherwise making an ass out of himself.

  13. ukkatzfan
    7:48 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Weak draft this year. Next year, will be a different story. Lottery this year and low first round next year possibly. Thanks for the memories KK.

  14. BlakeBlueNation
    7:59 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    While I think Knox is a done deal I’ve would fit this team perfectly if he stays. With Richards, Pj and Quade likely to stay along with the 3 freshman guards all we are in need of is a versatile 3 or 4. With this being said if Knox comes EJ is a lock for Duke, which would kinda suck.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      8:50 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      EJ is a lock for Duke now

    • jrdh13
      10:10 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Also got wenyen. We should be loaded at the 3 4 5. With wenyen pj richards sasha and maybe vando

  15. sprtphan
    8:01 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Ain’t gonna happen.

  16. mikeintn
    9:00 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    He’s coming back! as young as he is, and with the improvement he’s made this year, I can see him really good next year and top 10 pick. Hey he likes KY, there have been others, Aaron, Andrew and Willie, who knows, see you next year Kevin.

    • dballrb
      4:35 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

      I loved Willie the best because of him being so open about loving the college life..BMOC,and the program..Opens Cal’s door,pop’s his head in,’I’m coming back’.Closes door…That was Confidence and boss in my opinion.

  17. henderblue
    9:04 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    We love him to. Come and back and be a lottery pick. And win a national championship

  18. chris43
    9:06 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    I can’t see him staying and also can’t blame him if he decides to go pro BUT ooooh how sweet it would be if he decided to stay along with Vanderbilt! ?

  19. TheMaxCat
    9:26 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    The numbers say he should go. A weaker draft and upper half of the first round selection and I sure wouldn’t bet on him returning. That being said only he knows his heart. If there is not an economic emergency, if he believes he could win a championship and up his stock and lastly, if he simply likes being a college student at UK then the door has to be left cracked open a little at least until he closes it.

  20. 96ChampionBestTeamEver
    9:53 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

    If he comes back he would be a top 5 lottery pick next year, but he’s going. Seems like every year there are a couple of these. We can dream but Mr. Knox is gone, at least the odds are extremely high that he leaves.

  21. dballrb
    4:29 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Well,he wouldn’t leave JUST for the money..The knox family isn’t filthy rich,but not hurting in that department..Tampa Catholic isn’t cheap to attend..