That is the opinion of Auburn head men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo, whose Tigers are trying to improve their seeding for SEC Tournament scheduled for March 11-14th in Nashville. In addition to the road game at Ole Miss, the Tigers play at home vs. LSU and Mississippi State and on the road at Alabama.
Knox, a 6-10, 238 senior who is averaging 8.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, is player Lebo says the Tigers need to be a major factor near the basket both offensively and defensively.
"He knows we have confidence in him and we are trying to get him the ball in there," says the coach, who notes that the senior is playing better in recent weeks than he did earlier in the season.
Brendon Knox is often the first player to come off the bench for Coach Jeff Lebo.
Lebo points out that last year, Knox's first season at Auburn after transferring from junior college, that the center played his best basketball the final month of the season.
"Kind of the same thing happened this year," Lebo says. "At the beginning of the year, he really, really struggled. Now he is kind of getting here in February and January starting to play better. We have to have him on the court. He has to play more minutes for us. He can play 20-25 minutes."
Foul trouble has been a concern for the center, who is averaging 21.2 minutes of action per game and who has fouled out of games seven times this season.
"He gives us a guy they have to defend in the low post area," Lebo says. "He is our best rebounder. He is starting to block shots a little bit better now coming down the stretch.
"He really struggled against Ole Miss last game," Lebo adds. "I didn't realize how bad it was until I looked at it again the last couple of days. He has to play better down there for us to have a chance against (DeAundre) Cranston and (Murphy) Holloway. He will have a little bit of a size advantage when Cranston goes out if Buckner doesn't play." Buckner is questionable for Wednesday night's game due to an injured he suffered when the Rebels played at Auburn and won 84-74 on Jan. 28th.
The Rebels will bring a 17-9 overall record with a 5-7 SEC mark into Wednesday's 7 p.m. game at the Tad Smith Coliseum. Auburn is 13-14 overall and 4-8 in the SEC.
Knox will come into Wednesday night's following a strong performance on Saturday night in Auburn's 93-82 victory over Arkansas. The center hit 4-5 field goals, added seven rebounds, blocked four shots and added a steal and an assist while contributing a dozen points.
The rematch between the Tigers and Rebels will be televised on the SEC Network.