The official visit schedule for Kevin Knox comes to a conclusion this weekend.
Knox, the Tar Heels only remaining 2017 target, and his family will be in Chapel Hill beginning Friday night. Knox was originally scheduled to officially visit Carolina two weeks ago, but a water main break forced Knox and the UNC staff to postpone.
He's already taken official visits to his three other finalists - Duke, Florida State and Kentucky.
"This is not a vacation," his father, Kevin Knox Sr., told Inside Carolina. "You're trying to decide where you're going to spend, possibly, the next four or five years of your life. If you're going to live in a town for that long, you better make sure you're sure."
The No. 7 ranked player in the senior class, Knox has handled his recruitment a little differently than other top players. He and his family have used multiple unofficial visits - this will be his fourth trip to UNC - to learn as much about each school as possible.
"We want to make a sound decision and that's why we've done it this way," Knox Sr. explained. "We don't want get caught up in the mystique or aura of a certain school or certain place and that be our only experience. By the time we get to the official visit, we've talked to each school's academic support people, we've talked to the entire coaching staff, we've seen the campus, we've taken the tours. There isn't much fat left by the time the official visit comes - we're talking about meat."
"We want specific details about how will Kevin fit in here," he continued. "Who is coming back? Who is leaving? What recruits have you signed? We're looking at coaching style, we're looking at the offense, the defense, the transition game, how a coach communicates with his players, how does the team gel... do they like each other? All those things you can really tell."
Knox first entered UNC's radar when assistant coach Steve Robinson watched him during the Spring and Summer Evaluation Periods in 2015. Knox plays with E1T1, the same AAU organization that produced UNC freshman Tony Bradley and UNC junior Joel Berry. Robinson took several trips to Tampa (Fla.) Catholic to visit with Knox, as did Roy Williams, culminating in a scholarship offer on Dec. 2, 2015.
Since then, Williams has aggressively pursued Knox wherever - Indianapolis, Tampa, Los Angeles, Augusta, New York, Raleigh - and whenever he plays. He's also conducted several in-home visits with Knox and his parents (who both attended Florida State).
Despite being on the final lists of two other top 15 players in the class at one point, Knox is UNC's best shot at signing its first top-10 player since Justin Jackson in the class of 2014. Still, until North Carolina again beats Kentucky or Duke (along with Florida State) for an elite talent, most won't believe it can.
Rob Harrington on Knox
A 6-foot-8 long, lean forward, Knox is a gifted athlete that has impressive leaping ability and is quick off his feet. Knox is versatile and able to play as a wing or in a face up four role. With his size, length, athleticism and instincts, he is a good rebounder and he consistently looks to take defensive rebounds and start the break. Offensively he has a versatile and much improved attack. He's impressive in transition, does a good job of finishing off plays at the rim off drives and cuts to the basket and he's also a much improved shooter from mid-range out to three. Although he's not a consistent shooter from distance, his shot mechanics are very good and he's on track to be a good shooter from three-point range in time.