Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018.
And Tampa Catholic High School small forward Kevin Knox may be among the top prospects.
Knox, a five-star recruit, committed to coach John Calipari's Kentucky program in May ahead of schools including Duke and defending national champion North Carolina. Knox was rated by 247 sports as the No. 9 recruit and the No. 2 small forward prospect in the nation.
Likened to Kings small forward Rudy Gay and Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood, Knox has been praised for his versatile range of skills in a 6-foot-9 frame with a 6-11 wingspan.
Mock drafts have consistently placed Knox in the first round, with CBS Sports's Reid Forgrave projecting Knox to go seventh overall to the Philadelphia 76ers. Other analysts, including Yahoo Sports's Rob Dauster, have also placed Knox in the first round. However, Draft Express appears less optimistic about Knox's professional aspirations, leaving him out of their two-round mock draft entirely.
Under Calipari, Kentucky has become known for producing some of the top selections in the draft. First overall picks point guard John Wall, power forward Anthony Davis and center Karl-Anthony Towns all played for the Wildcats under Calipari before being selected, while in 2017 point guard De'Aaron Fox, shooting guard Malik Monk and center Bam Adebayo were all lottery selections.
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Kentucky recruit, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox among top prospects for 2018 NBA Draft
Tampa Bay Times | Jan 10