Tampa’s Kevin Knox is making a mark!
Bay Area Hoops have been watching 6’8” 2017 SF Kevin Knox in his early stages of his basketball career at Mullrennen middle school. We notice his capabilities to handle the ball, his slender frame and square shoulders and length. We became very intrigue to see his progress in development in the future.
His growth took off in the 2014-2015 season, as he averaged 24.4ppg and 10 rpg with Tampa Catholic (Tampa,FL.) under Coach Don Dziagwa. Knox become a force at his position. Athletically Knox is phenomenal, he can defend different positions well for his size, moves well in transition with or without the ball, rebounds well, blocks shots and can score in multiple fashions. As a rising Junior, we expect even more from this young man.
He has been polishing his game over the years and has becoming a dominant player in the state of Florida. Once Knox got on the scene the summer before his sophmore year, he has not looked back. ESPN ranks him 45th in the nation of class 2017 and 2nd in the State of Florida.
We watched him his freshman year at a Hoop Exchange showcase in Orlando, Fl and he gave Scouts and Coaches a good showing. Coming out of Tampa,FL, Knox shined more light on an area re-eventing its basketball nature.
Knox played well in the Nike EYBL with E1T1 this past spring. Knox recently contributed to the USA 16U team winning gold at the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. When asked about his summer recruiting process he stated
"I feel like my summer went really good and my recruiting definitely picked up. I received a few more offers during and after the EYBL season. The USA experience helped my game out a lot. The coaches taught me a lot of things which helped my confidence."
Kevin Knox Sr. who played football for FSU knows the ups and downs of a recruitment process and has been giving young Knox the tips needed to succeed. These tools has been visible in his improvements and growth each year.
"I think I need to improve my ball handling and being more consistent around the arc. Once that happens I think the game will really become even more fun with an outside and inside game. My parents push me a lot because they know that I have the ability to make it far. My dad played at the highest level so he pushes me to be the best. I know that I can make it to next level, so when I step on the court I just keep that in mind and try and destroy my competition."
He has offers from Maryland, Georgia, Virginia Tech, LSU, Florida State, South Florida, Memphis, Xavier, Texas Tech, Florida and Miami, plus interest from Kentucky, Arizona St., Kansas St. and Virginia. For the 2017 class in his area, you’ll find Knox within the top of that list. However, Can he be the top talent coming out of the Tampa area? His name rings bells amongst big names such as Juwan Durham, Eric Hester, LJ Figueroa and Tony Bradley to name a few.
But Knox is not looking at it that way, but remains humble and focus on bigger goals. Knox is no stranger to the grid iron neither. He is a dual threat at the QB position at Tampa Catholic. So these next 2 yrs will be interesting
It's a great compliment to know people think that I'm arguably the best player. I feel like I have a lot more to work on and I'm looking forward to doing so down the road. My Dad said I shouldn't compare myself to those around me but compare myself to where I want to be. I want to play major college basketball and one day play in the NBA." With two more years of high school competition left Knox state's "I am wide open to the recruiting process. My focus right now is really developing a relationship with colleges and their coaching staff."
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