Five-star basketball recruit Kevin Knox commits to Kentucky – Lexington Herald Leader

Five-star basketball recruit Kevin Knox announced his college decision Saturday, and Kentucky was the surprise pick.

Knox — a 6-foot-9 small forward from Tampa, Fla. — chose the Wildcats over fellow finalists Duke, Florida State, Missouri and North Carolina.

He was one of the top remaining recruits in the class of 2017, and Kentucky has been pursuing him for more than a year, though it appeared in recent weeks that the Wildcats were unlikely to be his choice.

Duke, North Carolina and Florida State, where Knox’s father was a football standout, were all mentioned as possible favorites in the final days of his recruitment.

Instead, he chose the Cats.

Knox announced his commitment on Twitter and provided exclusive comments about his college decision to

“As tough as it has been, I am confident and comfortable with the decision I have made,” Knox said. “I’ve decided to do what’s best for me, and I’m happy. Because in the end, that is all that matters.

“The hard part is over now. I’m looking forward to making this about basketball again; getting in the gym, getting better, and working towards the goal of bring a national championship to the city of Lexington. See you soon, Big Blue Nation.” ranks Knox as the No. 9 prospect in the class.

UK is also recruiting 6-8 shooting guard Cameron Johnson, a graduate transfer from Pittsburgh who took an official visit to Lexington last month. He averaged 11.9 points per game and shot 41.5 percent from three-point range last season and will have two seasons of immediate eligibility at his next school. UK is battling Arizona, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas Christian and UCLA for his commitment.

The only other player still remaining on John Calipari’s recruiting radar for next season is five-star 7-footer Mohamed Bamba, who has narrowed his list to UK, Duke, Michigan and Texas but has not set a specific timetable for his college announcement. ranks Bamba as the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2017 rankings.

Five-star basketball recruit Kevin Knox commits to Kentucky – Lexington Herald Leader

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