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It Is Reportedly Not A "Done Deal" That Kentucky's Kevin Knox Turns Pro

Kentucky's Kevin Knox dunking a basketball.

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 28: Kevin Knox #5 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball against the Ole Miss Rebels during the game at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kentucky always loses a handful of freshmen to the NBA after one year. It isn't a surprise when it happens.

After all, John Calipari has built his program on one-and-done talent and encourages players to jump to the pros if they are ready. As a result, the Wildcats usually have a couple of lottery picks each June.

One player who is likely to be a lottery pick if he enters the draft this year is Kentucky freshman forward Kevin Knox. Knox was one of the top recruits in UK's 2017 class, and he led the team in scoring as a freshman.

However, Knox's father says it isn't a "done deal" his son will leave school.

Here's what he told TampaBay.com.

"We have a certain criteria that we're considering," Knox Sr. said. "We're going to check the boxes off, stir it up and see if we come up with the right gumbo."

The biggest factors are where Knox II is projected to be drafted and whether he has developed enough after one season at Kentucky to be ready for the NBA.

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He will head home to Tampa the weekend of April 7-9 to discuss his options more with the entire family.

"It's a decision that will be made sooner rather than later," Knox Sr. said. "It's not a done deal that Kevin is going. He really enjoys Kentucky. He loves the stage and the basketball program and BBN (Big Blue Nation)."

If we had to take a guess, Knox will probably still turn pro. He's going to be selected high in the draft and Calipari is quick to urge his players to leave when it is in their best interests.

If he does come back, it will be a huge boost for the 'Cats.