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Kevin Knox Sr: “We’re not exploring options. This is it.”

© C. Morgan Engel | USATSI

© C. Morgan Engel | USATSI

Kevin Knox wants to get his NBA decision out of the way, and once it happens, he won’t be looking back.

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Kevin Knox Sr. said his son will be making his final decision this week, regardless of which direction he goes with it.

“If Kevin goes, he is going,” Knox Sr. said. “If he stays, he stays. We’re not exploring options. This is it.”

According to the 6-foot-10 forward’s father, Knox and his family discussed their options with head coach John Calipari sometime today.

Knox Sr. says his son could pull the trigger at any point, but it absolutely won’t last past Friday.

“We’re going to make a decision real quick,” Knox Sr. said. “It could happen as soon as (Monday night) but no later than Friday.”

No putting his name in the draft without an agent. No testing the waters. No games. Sometime this week, we will find out if Kevin Knox will be a Wildcat next season or not.

Get your popcorn ready, BBN.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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49 Comments for Kevin Knox Sr: “We’re not exploring options. This is it.”

  1. Troll Slayer
    11:39 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    I wish him the best regardless of his decision!

  2. jaws2
    11:41 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    I never realized he was 6-10. Really?

    • Underdog
      11:47 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Gotta be 6 foot 8 inches. Maybe 8.5 inches.

    • drew_123
      11:50 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

      I walk past him for class everyday, every bit of 6-10 easy

      11:52 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

      If you’ve ever watched them do the “official measurement”, they usually don’t make any effort to “mash down” the hairdos. Noel is really only about 6′-9″ as well, but he was always listed between 6′-11″ and 7′.

    • Jack Pilgrim
      11:58 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

      He officially measured in at 6′ 9 with a 6′ 11.5 wingspan and 8′ 10 standing reach at the Nike Hoops Summit last summer. He has grown since then and is absolutely pushing 6-10 right now. Still only 18 years old.

    11:47 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Good, we don’t need to be strung along for the next 4-8 weeks, like WCS and a couple other past players have done. The coaching staff doesn’t deserve that either. I wish the NCAA would move the final date for players to withdraw and return to school from June 11th or whatever to the end of May, which would still be 11 days after the combine ends.

    • JoeMoney333
      2:23 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Because fans are more important than the actual players? Get out.

    • BBNDan7
      7:03 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah because a decision that could effect the rest of their lives is less important than your patience

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:13 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      KYFAN4LYFE is freaking out, you guys…..

  4. UKLugo
    11:48 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink


    • Luether
      2:37 am April 3, 2018 Permalink


    • GM1978
      7:23 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      “He is actually 6’5″……6’9″ with the Afro”

      —-Fletch style

  5. makeitstop
    11:49 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    You have to like how his family handles it. They didn’t talk before his college choice. They aren’t flashy. Everyone thinks they know what he’s going to do and they totally march to the beat of their own drummer. The difference in Knox coming back or not is huge. Wouldn’t blame him if he goes but as his dad says, they don’t need a house or a car and it would be better to be a top 5 pick in the long run for Knox and us. If he and PJ and Vando come back we will be the best team in the country. Villanova has two first round picks but they also have 3 juniors and a couple seniors. Pays off.

    • Troll Slayer
      12:04 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed, next year will be a nice group.

    • timbo
      6:36 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Not ONE senior playing minutes in that lineup. NOT ONE. MOST are underclassmen. How many “senior dominated” lineups are still standing today? You go to work (I hope) everyday for a LOT less money. If he wants to go, he should. And that applies to EVERY kid on EVERY roster…even if you “glory days of seniors” doofuses don’t like it.

    • ClutchCargo
      8:56 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      I’m with makeitstop. None of us has a clue about Knox’s family’s financial situation, but they are clearly not viewing Kevin as their future meal ticket. It’s refreshing to see a basketball star’s parents be able to see the big picture.

    • True Clutch, some family members are probably only thinking of themselves. But at the same time if they’re living in abject poverty, they’re wondering where the next meal is coming from, and living in really unsafe areas.

      It sounds like that’s not an issue for the Knox family, and fortunately for Kevin he has a dad at home unlike so many kids today.

  6. ClutchCargo
    11:49 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    There is this annoying trend of measuring college basketball players’ height with shoes on. And there is commonly another inch or so added beyond that.

    • gobble gobble
      12:24 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      I mean, it makes sense. People usually don’t play basketball barefoot…

    • ClutchCargo
      8:51 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Neither do football players, but they don’t measure those guys in cleats and helmets…

    • catsarerunnin
      9:06 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Yes it annoys me more than anything in life…

    • catsarerunnin, don’t make it bigger than he meant it. He didn’t imply that it rose to that level at all. You have this habit of responding that way to very innocuous statements.

  7. icheeralluksports
    11:58 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Jack Pilgrim. How did you make him 6’10”

  8. deputy305
    11:59 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    He’s gone

  9. Righteous1
    12:01 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

    All of the players on the current roster need to go to either the NBA so BBN can see positionless basketball with all guards next year.

  10. Catlogic15
    12:11 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

    So they talked to Cal? Shit. Cal never lets anyone with talent stay. Recruits them, then insists they go. It’s his life mission, Kentucky fans albatross. Bye Kevin.

    • KentuckyFan232
      12:18 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Man you are dumb.

    • az1006
      12:27 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Not necessarily. Cal even said he’s had 5 or 6 go when he told them they should stay. I’m not saying Knox comes back, but there’s a few characteristics that make his situation different than many others: 1, his dad was a pro athlete and knows firsthand what it takes (and they have money, so his decision isn’t based on that). 2, he’d be one of, if not, the youngest player in the draft. 3, despite being a lock for the first round, he could be a top 5 pick if he comes back. He was outstanding as a freshman, but also has a really high ceiling that he’s not even come close to reaching yet. Most guys in his position go, but most guys don’t have the other factors playing into the decision that he does. Think he goes, hope he stays. Don’t be shocked either way.

  11. IAmTheDanger
    12:33 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

    And for Knox, “the ceiling is the roof”.

  12. henderblue
    7:22 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

    Good one Dan…

  13. henderblue
    7:31 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

    Knox is a great talent. But if he were to come back and get stronger, learn to be a better passer and defender, and learn to get on the floor and get those 50/50 balls, then you are talking about a top 5 pick. Put it all together and he could be a POY candidate for college basketball next year

  14. CKTermy23
    7:56 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

    Yes henderblue but what if he stays and gets hurt? He may fall out of the draft lottery a together that’s a lot of $ off the table.Kevin is not stupid.He needs to go and get that money while its staring him in the face leave nothing to chance.

    • henderblue
      10:31 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      What if he walks out in front of a car today? Could happen. Anything could. It’s his choice. I would respect it and wish him the best no matter what. Just saying what I think he needs to do to be a complete player. He could get better at all that in the pros as well

  15. Kat4Life
    8:19 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

    With all due respect to this manufactured drama, Knox is most assuredly gone. Can’t risk injuries

  16. mothandras
    8:25 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

    Just like every year.. we are going to lose our previous starting 5 to the NBA or Transfers. We will have a brand new starting 5 on the floor next year.

  17. TonyMontana
    8:27 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve been saying all along he is gone. There has never been a player in Cal’s history who was projected to go in the Lottery who decided to come back. Never. But recently Mr. Knox’s statements have got me second guessing myself. Maybe he wants his son to have another season and improve in all those areas that he needs improvement. Get stronger, more aggressive and smarter. It would be great to have him another season. Definitely Player of the year type guy, definitely top 5 pick if he plays to his abilities. I still say he goes…. but I would be very impressed and happily surprised if he returns.

    • Alex90
      9:00 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Terrence Jones…and his case kind of proves why you should go if you are a projected lottery pick. Came back and won a Championship and had a better season but dropped in the draft.

    • ukcamel
      9:14 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Jones did not drop in the draft. You are misremembering his draft projection.

    • Alex90
      10:13 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      No, he was drafted 18th but was a projected lottery pick after 1st year.

  18. Jiminy Crickets
    8:58 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

    I hate the “if he gets hurt” argument. Take out a personal protection insurance policy for 1-2 million. Kids do it all the time, his parents can easily afford it, and UK allows it and helps them get it. He’s projecting outside the lottery, so it would be about the same as what the first year contract in NBA would be. Rookie contracts are not huge anymore, and if your outside the lottery only first year is guaranteed.

    • Kernel Sanders
      9:13 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Unless it’s been changed since last year, all first round contracts are guaranteed for 2 years. So whether he’s chosen with a lottery pick or the 29th pick, he gets the guaranteed $$.

    • smahurin
      9:16 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      An insurance policy for $2M isn’t the same as professional career in the NBA. Obviously how much he makes in the NBA remains to be seen, but even if he’s just a rotation player for his entire career he’d stand to make roughly $80-$100M over a 12-ish year career. If he’s a borderline star, he’d stand to make $150M+. A $2M insurance policy is a lot to you and me, but it’s peanuts compared to what he stands to make as a pro.

    • catsarerunnin
      9:28 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah an “insurance policy” to replace tens of millions of dollars. If I were 18 and knew I could make that kind of cash I would walk around covered head to toe in bubble wrap.

  19. secrick
    8:59 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

    Millions of dollars or make Ky fans happy, heck i’m coming back to school.

  20. KYJelly
    9:28 am April 3, 2018 Permalink

    Makes me think he’s leaving. If you decide to come back, there really isn’t a “exploring options” part of the process

  21. notFromhere
    8:15 pm April 3, 2018 Permalink

    It was nice having him here. He’s a good kid. I wish him the best in his pro career.