Kentucky forward Kevin Knox has made his NBA Draft decision. The Wildcats' 2017-18 leading scorer will head to the pros. The announcement comes after a few days of speculation that he could wait a year to make the jump to the next level. However, moments ago, Knox put out a video on Twitter announcing his move.
Knox averaged a team-high 15.6 points per game this season. The 6-foot-9 forward shot 44.5-percent from the field, and 34.1-percent from three. He added another 5.4 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. In an up-and-down season for head coach John Calipari's Wildcats, Knox was a pretty consistent performer.
He is projected as a potential NBA Draft lottery pick. It is expected that he will hire an agent ahead of the NBA Draft process.
Earlier in the week, SEC Country reported that he would either return to Kentucky, or would be all-in on the NBA Draft. He will not test the NBA Draft waters by not hiring an agent.
Here is the video published by Kevin Knox, in which he makes the NBA Draft announcement.
Knox discussed his time at Kentucky, before making the announcement at the end of the video. Here is the full transcript:
"No one expected me to be a Kentucky Wildcat. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.
I'm not going to lie. The journey has been rough, but I have no regrets. It has made me a better player, and a better person. Throughout the season, I faced challenges, but with the challenges comes growth. At the age of 18, growth is always good.
My development, and my team's development, led to an SEC Championship, and a berth in the Sweet 16. Not many can say that.
I started with a tough decision, and once again I face a tough decision. I have found lifelong mentors in my coaches, a brotherhood in my teammates, and playing for the best fans in the country, the BBN. After careful consideration, I have made the decision to follow my dreams of becoming an NBA player, and enter into the 2018 NBA Draft.
Thank you to my teammates, coaches, and fans, who have made my year as a Kentucky Wildcat one of the best years of my life. God bless."
Knox is the second player to declare for the NBA Draft out of Kentucky so far this season. Fellow freshman PJ Washington did the same earlier in the week.
Kentucky has other potential early entries in guards Hamidou Diallo and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Once again, UK fans will likely be treated to a very-new look team in 2018-19, with Kevin Knox headlining another potentially large class of underclassmen heading into the NBA.