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Roy Williams Goes In-Home with Top Target Kevin Knox

The family of Kevin Knox hosted Roy Williams on Tuesday night.

Forgive the neighbors of Kevin Knox’s family if they stare a little longer and a little harder this week.

After all, it’s not often nationally-known coaches like John Calipari, Roy Williams, Jay Wright and Leonard Hamilton, along with their assistants, stroll through the neighborhood.

Knox is hosting all four coaches for in-home visits – Kentucky on Monday, and Villanova and Florida State later in the week. They’re all in the Tampa area to woo Knox, a 6-8 class of 2017 forward who could end up being the top player in the junior class.

On Tuesday, Williams and assistant Steve Robinson spent more than two hours with Knox and his family.

“Coach Roy is Coach Roy,” Kevin Knox Sr. said. “He always has a lot of stories and they’re always really good stories. We like Coach Roy and the visit was very good.”

The visits, as Knox Sr. describes them, are another chance for his family to build a rapport with the coaches recruiting Knox. It’s also a chance for the school and the family to ask questions and get answers.

“We’re just getting to know one another,” said Knox Sr. “Coach (Williams) really gave us some advice just on this whole process with Kevin. We asked about UNC, about the offense, about his players and that’s pretty much it.”

One topic of discussion that Williams broached with the family was this year’s national championship game.

“He went through everything,” Knox Sr. said. “He talked about the Marcus Paige shot and the last second defensive game plan. He was open about it. He told us he’d be watching in Indianapolis and that anytime he’s allowed to recruit Kevin he’ll be watching him.”

Last weekend at the EYBL’s opening session in Brooklyn, Williams watched both of Knox’s games. In those games, he scored a combined 47 points on 17-27 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds.

“Kevin is just really humbled by everything,” his father said. “He’s working hard and all the coaches have told him that he’s a top priority and that they really want him to do well. They say they’ve rarely seen a guy who can do the things he can do – a guy who can shoot that well, jump that high, rebound and dribble. They all say he’s really a do-it-all type player.”

Knox has taken two visits to North Carolina in the last two months. He attended the Tar Heels’ win over Pittsburgh in February, and then took another unofficial visit prior to UNC’s win at Duke to end the regular season. 

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