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Kevin Knox Focused On Transitioning To The Wing

Official visits are the next step in the recruitment of the Top 10 prospect.

LAS VEGAS — Thursday proved a demanding one for elite senior forward Kevin Knox. His Each 1 Teach 1 squad played a game at 12:40, then drove 10 miles immediately to play a game at 2:00 in a different event.

Both of those games led to defeats, but Kevin Knox himself demonstrated a great deal of energy and competitiveness.

And those qualities both factor into his game immensely. He has tested himself against the nation's very best competition, whether that has been on the EYBL circuit, USA Basketball or a non-shoe event here like the Fab 48.

The goal this year has been to fashion himself into a full-time wing. He's getting recruited on the basis of his versatility, and why not, but ultimately he understands that his professional future likely will require that he play outside-in.

"The transition (to the wing) is going pretty well," Knox said. "I always had ball skills growing up, but now since I'm not playing football I have more time to work on it. It's just been getting into the lab and working on everything for the wing."

A grizzled veteran of the recruitment process as well, Knox recently cut his list to 10 schools. While very few players genuinely consider that many programs, he has begun to take steps toward an ultimate decision.

"I just cut down my list to 10 which cut down some of those phone calls and text messages," Knox said. "I'm still talking to the schools on my list, so we'll just go from here and take some visits."

And the nature of those visits in and of itself will shed light on his most legitimate suitors. At this juncture, he isn't ready to commit to any sure bets for campus trips. That said, no one will be surprised if he makes a third trip to Chapel Hill.

"Maybe (a visit) is something that me and my family will sit down and talk about," he said of the Tar Heels. "As of now I have no set officials, but UNC is a really good school and I could see myself taking another visit there.

"I'll take some visits, see what the coaches have to say and then cut my list after that."

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