Knowles sees stock rise

It has been a busy and productive summer so far for Danrad Knowles who has a good portion of the Big XII trying for his services.

Coming into the spring not many people knew who Danrad Knowles was. The player referred to simply as "Chicken" was an under the radar player who flashed some potential. Now as coaches are out on the recruiting trail Knowles is a top 100 prospect and someone attracting a ton of attention.

At 6-foot-8 and 190 pounds Knowles isn't the most physically imposing prospect going, but he does have the ability to make threes as well as the skill level to drive and finish around the rim.

"It has been great," said Knowles of his AAU season. "We are improving every time we play so it has been great. My game has been improving a lot since last year. I don't know what happened last year, but I have been improving a lot and I know I have a lot more to improve on."

Knowles made a solid national impression at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp, and that transitioned into an invite to the LeBron James Skills Academy. Knowles says those opportunities were huge for him.

"It is an honor to go all of the camps," said Knowles. "Last year I didn't have a chance to do anything in June so I really appreciate the opportunities."

When it comes to recruiting, Knowles says a handful of schools are after him the hardest right now.

"Baylor, Houston, Missouri, Arkansas, Missouri, and South Florida have been contacting me the most," listed Knowles.

At the moment though Knowles is in no hurry to make a decision, he is focused on playing well for the rest of July.

"I would like to make my visits and have a little bit more fun with the process," Knowles explained. "I am just trying to get more offers right now."

When the time does come for Knowles to make a decision he does know what will be important to him in a school.

"I am looking for somewhere I can fit in as a player and then also a school that fits me academically," Knowles explained.

For now Knowles will just focus on having a good showing in Orlando, but after that it will about picking the right place to continue his career.

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