Kevin Knox 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 215 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD/ POWER FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: TOP 10 PICK
Kevin Knox was the headliner of Kentucky’s star studded 2017 recruiting class. The 5-star high school recruit was a consensus top 10 player in the prep ranks last season while playing at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, FL.
The McDonald’s All-American has adjusted to the college game fairly easily. While evaluating his game, the word versatile comes to our minds. Knox has the ability to play multiple positions. The 6’9″ combo forward can play both the SF and PF positions. This causes mismatches for his opponents.
The 18-year old already displays a very solid mid-range game and can extend his shooting out to the 3-point line. While not an elite athlete, he is a very good one and shows a high basketball IQ out on the court. He has a very natural and smooth shooting stroke. Knox is a very active player and is excellent at scoring around the rim. Armed with a 7’0″ wingspan, he deflects a good number of passes while on defense and plays the passing lanes well.
In our opinion, as he matures and continues his natural development, he should be a high scoring combo forward with a diverse offensive skill-set. He reminds us of 2017 NBA Draft pick Jayson Tatum. We see a lot of similarities in their respective games.
Knox needs to continue to improve his ball-handling and passing. He can sometimes get caught up going one-on-one, which makes the Wildcats offense become stagnant. This is all part of the natural progression of a player as talented as he is. Letting the game come to him will make him a better and more complete player.
Through the first 8 of the 2017-18 season, he is averaging 16.6pts, 6reb, and 1.6ast per game. We feel he could become more assertive on the boards and we believe that he will be. Kentucky head coach John Calipari stresses defense and we are sure this is one area that he is trying to get Knox to improve in.
Kentucky has 7 highly touted freshman on their roster this season. To us, Kevin Knox is the best NBA prospect out of the bunch. While he needs to improve on his ball-handling, passing, and rebounding, he will be a highly coveted prospect come the 2018 NBA Draft in June. His diverse offensive skill-set is highly advanced for an 18-year old. Players who can create offense on their own when the shot clock is winding down is very valuable at the NBA level. Knox checks that box off.
We rate Knox very high when it comes to the 2018 NBA Draft. Due to his ability to play both forward spots along with his advanced offensive repertoire, the Kentucky freshman should hear his name called early come draft night. He has all the makings of becoming a big time scorer at the next level. Kevin Knox will most likely hear his name called within the first 10 picks of the 2018 NBA Draft.
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