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Roy Williams Offers Kevin Knox

The 2017 forward received a Tar Heel scholarship offer on Saturday.

A day after his Tar Heels defeated No. 2 Maryland, Roy Williams traveled to Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic for a recruiting evaluation.

He was there to see the opposing team - Tampa (Fla.) Catholic, specifically its 6-7, 195-pound junior forward Kevin Knox.

UNC's head coach, joined by assistant Steve Robinson, watched Knox score 32 points, grab 14 rebounds, and block six shots in a 76-59 win.

"He came to watch me play on Wednesday and after he didn't have a chance to talk but he told my coach he really liked me," Knox said of Roy Williams. "He texted me that he liked me and would get in touch with me in a couple of days."

The Tar Heel staff had watched Knox a lot last summer on the travel circuit (as he was teammates with 2016 UNC commitment Tony Bradley), and Robinson made an evaluation trip to Tampa Catholic in September, but Wednesday was the first time Williams made a trip exclusively to see Knox. He clearly liked what he saw.

Williams followed up that visit with a call to Knox on Saturday to offer him a UNC scholarship, Knox confirms to Inside Carolina.

"I played really well the game he saw," Knox said. "So I knew (the offer) was coming and I'm glad that I got it.

UNC joins in-state programs Florida, Florida State (where his parents were both athletes) and Miami, and national programs like Alabama, Maryland, Memphis, and Syracuse on Knox's offer list.

"They are really good school of course," Knox said of the Tar Heels. "Coach Roy puts a lot of people in the NBA.

"I really like the school. they've got a lot of championships and they produce good players."

This is the third 2017 prospect to receive a Tar Heel offer, joining UNC guard commitment Jalek Felton and Georgia post player Wendell Carter.

"He was telling me they don't really offer people this early," Knox said. "They've only offered two or three kids in this class. They really want me to come to campus and want me to be a Tar Heel."

Getting Knox to Chapel Hill for a campus visit is the key next step for UNC"s recruitment.

"We are discussing (visits) now," Knox said. "We don't have anything set. I think there's a chance (I'll visit) a couple of times. I'm going to take most of my visits during basketball season so I can see the teams play.

"I have family that lives in North Carolina," Knox said, "so when I go visit them maybe I I would go visit North Carolina."

Knox is ranked No. 10 in the 2017 class by Scout.com.


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