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Kevin Knox (basketball)

Kevin DeVon Knox II (born August 11, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats and attended high school at Tampa Catholic High School.

Kevin Knox
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No. 20 – New York Knicks
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1999-08-11) August 11, 1999 (age 20)
Phoenix, Arizona
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolTampa Catholic
(Tampa, Florida)
CollegeKentucky (2017–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–presentNew York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Knox attended Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Florida. As a junior, he averaged 30.1 points per game, 11.2 rebounds per game, and 2.4 assists while leading the Crusaders to regional and district championships and runner-up to the 2016 Florida Class 4A semifinals. In the 2016 summer, he joined his AAU team, E1T1 United on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) Circuit. On May 14, 2016, Knox scored career high 28 points in a win against All Ohio Red. He averaged 19.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game on the EYBL circuit. As a senior, Knox averaged 28.5 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per game leading Tampa Catholic to a (25–6) record. He played in the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic. He was a five-star recruit and was regarded as one of the top players in the 2017 class. On May 6, 2017, Knox committed to play basketball at the University of Kentucky, spurning offers from Duke, Florida State, Missouri and North Carolina.[1] He also turned down a professional offer to play in the Chinese Basketball Association as well.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kevin Knox II
SF
Tampa, Florida Tampa Catholic High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jun 5, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #7   Rivals: #9  247Sports: #8  ESPN: #7
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College careerEdit

In his freshman season, Knox led the young Wildcats to a 10-8 conference record, finishing 4th in the SEC, but still led the team with 15.9 points per game. As one of the team's only three point shooting threats, he frequently played big minutes, leading Calipari to complain that Knox was playing "too many" minutes as early as December.[2] Despite this, he went to be named to the All-Rookie and First Team All-SEC.[3] The team turned around their fortunes in time to win the SEC tournament, with Knox totaling 18 points and 7 rebounds in the final against Tennessee.[4]

On April 6, 2018, Knox declared for the 2018 NBA draft and hired an agent, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility.[5]

Professional careerEdit

New York Knicks (2018–present)Edit

On June 21, 2018, Knox was selected with the ninth overall pick by the New York Knicks in the 2018 NBA draft.[6] On July 5, 2018, the New York Knicks announced that they had signed Knox.[7] On October 17, 2018, Knox made his debut in NBA, coming off the bench in a 126–107 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ten points, two steals and a block.[8] Two days later on October 19, Knox scored team-high 17 points with six rebounds in a 105–107 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.[9] But one day later, Knox sprained his left ankle in a 101–103 loss to the Boston Celtics.[10] Knox later returned to action and on December 1, 2018, Knox scored his career-high 26 points with four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in a 136–134 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[11] Knox then received the Eastern Conference's December 2018 NBA Rookie of the Month Award. On January 13, 2019, Knox scored his career-high 31 points with seven rebounds, and two steals in a 105–108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.[12]

National team careerEdit

He won two gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship and 2016 FIBA Under-17 World Championship.

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 New York 75 57 28.8 .370 .343 .717 4.5 1.1 .6 .3 12.8
Career 75 57 28.8 .370 .343 .717 4.5 1.1 .6 .3 12.8

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Kentucky 37 37 32.4 .447 .341 .774 5.4 1.4 .8 .3 15.6

Personal lifeEdit

Knox II is the son of former NFL receiver Kevin Knox.[13] On September 4, 2018, Puma signed Knox to a multi-year endorsement deal.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Johnson, Chris. "Four Factors That Will Define Kentucky's Season Going Forward". December 14, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Page, Fletcher (December 8, 2017). "John Calipari has no option but to play Kevin Knox 'too many' minutes". Louisville courier-Journal. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Page, Fletcher (March 6, 2017). "2018 SEC Men's Basketball Awards announced". SEC website. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Page, Fletcher (March 11, 2017). "Kentucky wins fourth straight SEC Tournament". SEC website. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Goodman, Jeff (April 6, 2018). "Kevin Knox declares for draft after one season at Kentucky". ESPN. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Iseman, Chris (June 21, 2018). "NBA Draft: New York Knicks banking on Kevin Knox's upside, potential". North Jersey Media Group. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "NEW YORK KNICKS SIGN KEVIN KNOX". NBA.com. July 5, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Knicks overwhelm Young, Hawks 126-107 in Fizdale's debut". ESPN.com. October 18, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "LeVert's basket gives Nets 107-105 win over Knicks". ESPN.com. October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kevin Knox exits with left ankle injury, out for game". NBA.com. October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "Mudiay scores 28, Knicks top Bucks 136-134 in OT". ESPN.com. December 1, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "76ers escape with 108-105 win over Knicks; Embiid scores 26". ESPN.com. January 13, 2019. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  13. ^ Hughes, Chase (June 1, 2018). "Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Kevin Knox". NBC Sports Washington. Retrieved June 26, 2018. Knox's father was a star wide receiver at Florida State and was part of their 1993 national championship team. He went on to play one season in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals after being drafted in the sixth round.
  14. ^ https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2794247-knicks-rumors-rookie-kevin-knox-agrees-to-multiyear-contract-with-puma

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