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UK Target Kevin Knox turned down $1.4 Million to play in China next season

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times

The No. 7 overall player in the class of 2017 had the opportunity to follow the Brandon Jennings Model by playing professionally overseas for a season before becoming eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, a Chinese Professional team offered Kevin Knox a $1.4 million contract for the 2017-18 season. Knox’s father told the Times, “we politely said thanks but no thanks. He’s going to college.”

Knox has narrowed down his recruitment to 5 schools with Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Florida State and Missouri in the mix. The 5-star prospect is expected to make his announcement sometime before May 10th.

Duke is considered the favorite to land Knox but anything can happen in college basketball recruiting.


Article written by Eli Mitchell

University of Kentucky Class of 2020

4 Comments for UK Target Kevin Knox turned down $1.4 Million to play in China next season

  1. sa_hunt
    6:26 pm April 16, 2017 Permalink

    I thought UNC was the favorite.

  2. GshockMason16
    7:18 pm April 16, 2017 Permalink

    Smart to turn down. Turn that 1.4 into Chump change if he has a good college run. Idk much about him but if Cal wants him all I can say is hope he comes aboard.

    • jrdh13
      8:13 pm April 16, 2017 Permalink

      If hes as good as advertised, he goes takes the 1.4 million may slide a couple spots due to no exposure but he wouldve already made the difference

  3. Aar
    9:16 pm April 16, 2017 Permalink

    This is reminiscent of stuff we were hearing swirling around Emmanuel Mudiay and Shabazz Muhammed. It’s making me think he’s a bit more “me” than “we” centric. If that’s the case, I hope he goes and disrupts the competition rather than the Cats. If he is a true team player who will build chemistry, please bring him on!

    We need a good tall wing – a true 3. Haven’t had one since MKG. Willis, Wiltjer and Lyles not withstanding, Cal has usually played 3 bigs or 3 guards, not a quick 6’9″ shooter who can truly guard the same. Don’t need a true 3 at the expense of team chemistry, though.