Five-star wing Kevin Knox commits to Kentucky

Kevin Knox, a 6-foot-7 wing out of Tampa (Fla.) Catholic, committed to Kentucky, John Calipari on Saturday. What led to the pledge? He breaks it down in a Q&A with Scout.

Evan Daniels: What about led you to picking Kentucky? 

Kevin Knox:I just told the coaching staff that ever since they offered me, they’ve been texting me and my family so I just think the coaching staff, the way they run in transition, their past history of getting players to the league and that’s one of my goals is to be a top 5 pick, if not the number one pick in the 2018 draft. I know the coaching staff will work really hard to get me to my goal so I think that’s something that really stood out to me about Kentucky.

What ultimately set them over the top?
Just the way they push their players. They have a lot of great players that come in every year and they have a lot coming in this year, I know the practices are going to be really competitive and Coach [Kenny Payne] and Coach Cal aren’t going to sugarcoat me at all. They’re going to push me every day. They’re going to get me outside of my comfort zone so I’m really looking forward to it. I really want to be pushed. I don’t want to be sugarcoated so I know the Kentucky coaches are really on their players and will get them better.

With Jarred Vanderbilt and PJ Washington committed to Kentucky, I think most thought you would go in a different direction. Why can you all coexist?
Well me Jarred and PJ, we don’t play alike at all, but we all have different strengths and weaknesses. I’m pretty sure that we all can play together. The coaches are going to want me to play the two and the three so that’s what they want me to be able to come in and play on the wing primarily. I know PJ is going to play some of the three and Jarred at the three and the four but primarily the coaches want me to play two/three.

How can you help Kentucky the most?
I think just my versatility. I’m able to get rebounds, run in transition, that’s something Coach Cal really loves to do is run in transition and there’s nothing better than a person who gets a rebound and pushes it in transition himself so that’s something the coaches really love about me, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to go in and make the right decision and be able to contribute early.

What about their pitch was so intriguing to you?
Just like I said, they have a lot of past players make it to the league and that kind of just got me. They love to push players and it’s just great

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