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5 - Kevin Knox

Kentucky 

  • Birthday: 8/11/99
  • NBA Position: SF/PF
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-9
  • Wt: 215
  • Hometown: Tampa, FL
  • High School: Tampa Catholic
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Overall

94

2018
Mock:  11

NBA Comparison: Tobias Harris/Paul George

Strengths: Solid frame, standing 6’9”, 218 pounds, with 7.14% body fat ... Size and length can result in matchup problems for opposing teams. 7’ ¼” wingspan. 36 ½” vertical allows him to rebound over smaller players with relative ease ... Has solid shot mechanics that should translate well to the next level as he already has NBA range ... Is very good at scoring going to the basket, especially with one handed floaters that he can get over virtually any defender ... Can score from the post, allowing for a versatile offensive attack ... Steady improvement throughout his freshman season. Started off poorly on defense to start his college career, but has shown significant growth, especially in terms of staying in front of ball handlers ... Looks to get out in transition when given the opportunity and runs lanes well for the most part, and looks to get to the rim ... Rarely makes careless passes and doesn’t stagnate the offense by over dribbling ... Moves well off the ball and uses off ball screens very well to create separation from defenders ... Excellent catch and shoot player from midrange, especially along the baseline ... Can shoot over most defenders and is not afraid to look for his own offense ... When he needs to rebound, can rebound very well ... Won't turn 19 until August 11th. One of the youngest freshmen in college this season, and still has a lot of room to grow ... Reason to believe that his game will develop ... Has the potential to be a solid all around player that can do many different things ...

Weaknesses: Motor can run hot and cold, when engaged he is very good, but when not fully engaged he can disappear completely ... His overall game can be affected by his shot, when the shot isn’t falling he can start to lose focus ... Possesses poor court vision mainly due to keeping his head down when handling the ball, which can lead to turnovers and offensive fouls ... Rarely passes the ball in transition, even if it results in him attacking the rim in a 3-on-1 situation ... Will be at a speed and quickness disadvantage against small forwards at the next level ... When the offense goes through other players, he will often coast instead of focusing on rebounding or defense ... Has a tendency to force or settle for long shots instead of attacking defenders ... Has only one move in the post, will need to develop his repertoire further to have success on the low block at the next level ... Not a very efficient player, although some of that is because Kentucky’s reliance on him offensively, allowing defenses to key on him ... Doesn’t have a noticeable killer instinct or edge to him, sometimes looks content to blend, instead of stand out despite having an immense amount of talent ... Struggles at times to create his own offense as he has difficulty getting past opponents.

Outlook: Knox is a versatile forward, who earned first team All-SEC and was conference co-freshman of the year .... He has all the tools to score at three different levels ... Projects as a solid role player that can potentially grow into a dangerous scorer at the next level ... Will likely need to further develop his defense and vision to reach his potential.

Eric Yearian 3/15/18

Strengths: 6’8.75 skilled and versatile forward … Good size and length for a wing with a 7’0 wingspan and 8’11 standing reach … Smooth shooting mechanics with good arc ... Can shoot from midrange and three ... Can shoot off the catch and dribble ... Can score from anywhere on the floor … Has good body control ... Very coordinated and fluid for his size and age ... Runs the floor well and excels as a finisher in transition ... Attacks the basket with aggression. Isn’t afraid of contact and draws a lot of fouls, shot over six free throws per game over the Nike EYBL. High level athlete with a good motor and level of activity. Translatable run and jump ability, can finish alley oops that many defenders can’t contest ... Pushes the ball at every opportunity ... Throws accurate outlet passes … Moves his feet well and has good lateral quickness. Great tools and potential as a versatile defender … Gets off the ground quickly ... Rebounds well and has a knack converting offensive boards into points … Difficult to match up with; his size allows him to shoot over perimeter players and he’s too quick for bigs on the perimeter … Has a big frame that should add weight … Has a foundation for an offensive arsenal; when his body/game matures and polishes what he already does at a basic level, he has the chance to develop into a big-time player. His weaknesses are things he can improve upon and doesn’t show any physical limitations … Young for his class, graduated high school at 17 …

Weaknesses: Must settle on a position. May be better suited for the 4 at the NBA level ... Relies on his quickness and size advantage on opponents at this level, lacks technique in offensive game … Needs to add strength and mature physically. Doesn’t finish well with contact or operating in traffic … Can improve moving without the ball on the perimeter and has a questionable feel for the game ... Struggled in settings where he wasn’t the focus of the offense and sharing the ball with top talent: adidas Nations, Jordan Brand Classic game/practices, and Nike Hoop Summit ... Settles for contested pull up jump shots, can improve getting to the rim off the dribble. Keeps his head down when making moves on the perimeter. While he shows some ability to create, his ball handling can tighten up and his half-court game needs polish … Has good shot mechanics but needs to improve upon consistency …

Outlook: Arguably the most talented of the incoming Kentucky freshman … Played in the McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit … His father, Kevin Knox Sr., played one season in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals … Huge potential if he can work through the mental and consistency issues ...

Notes: Measured 6'9, 206 lbs with a 6'11.5 wingspan and 8'10 standing reach at the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit ...

Evan Tomes 8/2/17

Strengths: 6’9 skilled and versatile forward … Good size and length for a wing (6’11 wingspan) … Smooth shooting mechanics with good arc. Can shoot from midrange and three. Can catch and shoot as well as shoot off the dribble. Can score from anywhere on the floor … Has good body control. Very coordinated and fluid for his size and age. Runs the floor well and excels as a finisher in transition. Attacks the basket with aggression. Isn’t afraid of contact and draws a lot of fouls, shot over six free throws per game over the Nike EYBL. High level athlete with a good motor and level of activity. Can finish alley oops that many defenders can’t contest. Pushes the ball at every opportunity. Throws accurate outlet passes … Moves his feet well and has good lateral quickness. Great tools and potential as a versatile defender … Gets off the ground quickly. Rebounds well and has a knack converting offensive boards into points … Difficult to match up with; his size allows him to shoot over perimeter players and he’s too quick for bigs on the perimeter … Has a big frame that should add weight and may still be growing … Young for his class, will graduate high school at 17 …

Weaknesses: Relies on his quickness and size advantage on opponents at this level, lacks technique in offensive game … Needs to add strength and mature physically. Doesn’t finish well with contact or operating in traffic … Can improve moving without the ball on the perimeter. Settles for contested pull up jump shots, can improve getting to the rim off the dribble. Keeps his head down when making moves on the perimeter. While he shows some ability to create, his ball handling can tighten up and his half-court game needs polish … Has good shot mechanics but needs to improve upon consistency …

Outlook: Overall, Knox shows great potential on both ends of the floor. He shows a foundation of an offensive arsenal; when his body and game matures and he polishes what he already does at a basic level, Knox has the chance to develop into a big time player. All of his weaknesses are things he can improve upon, he doesn’t show any physical limitations or major holes in his game … His father, Kevin Knox Sr., played one season in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals … Averaged 19.6 points per game while shooting 50.6% over the Nike EYBL.

Evan Tomes 9/21/16

Notes: Measured 6'7.75 without shoes, 6'8.75 with shoes, 209 lbs, with a 7'0 wingspan and 8'11 standing reach at the June 2017 USA U19 tryouts

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