Kevin Knox profile
Drafted #9 in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Knicks
RCSI: 10 (2017)
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
Weight: 213 lbs (97 kg)
Position: PF
High School: Tampa Catholic High School (Florida)
Hometown: Tampa, FL
College: Kentucky
Current Team: Rip City
Win - Loss: 26 - 24
Kevin Knox 4K Highlights - McDonald's All-American Practice


Nike Hoop Summit Scouting Reports: Forwards

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Apr 13, 2017, 12:08 pm
Kevin Knox, USA, PF/SF, Class of 2017, Uncommitted, 17.6 Strengths
-Nice physical profile for a combo forward at 6' 9 with a 6' 11.5 wingspan and 8' 10 standing reach - measurements good enough to play the four in the NBA. Wide shoulders that are filling out nicely. Huge feet. Looks like he still may not be completely done growing.
-Fluid athlete who can finish above the rim with relative ease both in transition and the half court. Lob target.
-Best moving and cutting off the ball.
-Multi-positional defender when motivated. Good feet. Uses his solid reach to alter shots. 2.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per 40 minutes.
-Although it hasn't translated to game play Knox's jumper is slightly improved from a mechanical standpoint. Gets great rotation. Can make shots with time and space when he stays consistent and focused with his mechanics. Healthy arc.
-Has the fluidity to attack a closeout in space, best when at the four.
-Excellent rebounding potential thanks to his quick leaping and tools - lifetime 11.0 boards per 40 minutes.
-A bit young for his class at 17.6.Weaknesses
-Still quite light at 206 pounds. Has gained only three pounds in the last year or so. Nice frame up top but really thin lower body. Limits his ability to hold position vs traditional bigs.
-Doesn't think the game at a high level. Feel is very shaky in terms of shot selection and decision making. 3.8 turnovers per 40 minutes in 39 EYBL games.
-Still trying to prove that he's a wing by hoisting up jumpers early in the clock or trying to create off the dribble. Much more effective if he'll accept the role as an energetic, athlete/defender while the rest of his game develops organically.
-Motor is very up and down. Looks uninterested on the floor. Doesn't always sit down and defend. Floats on the perimeter offensively. Needs to play with a high motor, defend, rebound and fly around to be considered a legitimate first-round caliber NBA prospect.
-High handle. Not going to create or play out of ball screens. Best at the four when he can attack via straight line drives in space.
-Very loose, inconsistent shooting mechanics. Balance comes and goes. Brings the ball down to his shoulder right before going into his release. Has good wrist action and rotation but is far too loose. Lifetime 25.8 3P% on 89 attempts.
-Shows very little positive or negative emotion on the floor.Outlook
Knox underwhelmed the majority of the week in Portland as his development has stalled a bit since we first bega evaluating him at the age of 15. While he shows an improved skill set for brief stretches, he's too focused on proving that he can play the three rather than making an impact by using his tools, explosiveness and energy. If he can find a way to buy into defending multiple positions, moving off the ball, crashing the glass, running the floor, and playing as more of a modern four man (which is very much the trend in today's NBA) he's far more interesting as an NBA prospect. He'll have to continue to stick to his strengths while finding a way to make spot-up 3s consistently to validate his current standing as a prospect. Knox's skill-set is undoubtedly best suited at the 4 at the NCAA level (even if he insists on being recruited as a 3), but if he's still concerned with developing into a wing his development and overall intrigue as a prospect will continue to take a hit.

Kevin Knox McDonald's All-American Interview and Practice Highlights

Richard Walker
Richard Walker
Jim Hlavac
Jim Hlavac
Tad Hathaway
Tad Hathaway
Apr 01, 2017, 01:41 am
 Practice highlights and a video interview with elite 2017 high school prospect Kevin Knox from the 2017 McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago, Illinois.

Practice Highlights and Interview


2016 FIBA U17 World Championship Scouting Reports: Big Men

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Jul 10, 2016, 12:06 pm
Kevin Knox, 6' 8.5”, PF, USA, 1999

-Not overly tall or freakishly long for a power forward at 6' 8.5” with a 6' 11” wingspan but he has a good frame with wide shoulders that will fill out nicely. Big feet and hands. May still be growing.
-Very good athlete. Fluid runner with long strides who fills the lanes smoothly in transition, which made up 47.1% of his offense at the FIBA U17 World Championships. Good body control. Can mix in Eurosteps.
-Explosive leaper (especially off of two feet) in space. Quick off the floor. Excellent second jump. Finishes above the rim with relative ease.
-Comfortable grabbing a rebound and pushing in transition.
-24.3 points per 40 minutes on 65% from 2-point range at the U17s. Good hands around the rim. Can finish with either hand. Makes himself available by finding gaps in the defense. Fairly rigid handle but can attack a closeout in space.
-Shows some potential as a shooter although he has a ways to go. Inconsistent mechanically but when he's dialed in and shooting it with confidence he gets rotation and arc. 9-of-31 (29%) from 3-point range and 86-of-124 (69.4%) from the free throw line based on 37 games in our database. Can make an occasional uncontested one-dribble pull up.
-While the numbers don't suggest it, he shows some semblance of feel and passing ability both on the move and in high low situations.
-Elite defender who can guard nearly every position on the floor. Fast-twitch muscles and outstanding instincts. Excellent at reacting to the opponent's initial move. Able to cover ground quickly to recover for blocks (1.1 per 40 minutes at the U17s). Very good instincts in the passing lanes. Active hands - 4.7 steals per 40 minutes at the U17s.
-Can sit down and slide his feet. Makes an effort to contest. Has a good understanding that this is his identity at this stage of his development. Very competitive. Football background.
-Flies in for rebounds - 9.8 per 40 minutes at U17s, 8.0 of which came on the defensive glass. 3.4 offensive boards per 40 minutes based on the 37 games in our database. Plays with toughness and a high motor. Quick leaping ability helps him get to rebounds faster than his opponents.

-Good profile for a combo forward but ‘good not great' tools for a four man, which is where he is skill wise at this stage of his development.
-Great frame in the upper body but is a little light in the lower body, especially the thighs - 203 pounds, although he's still only 16 years old.
-Made 1-of-8 3-pointers at the U17s. Has some touch but his mechanics are very loose - flops it up there without a lot of arc and variable rotation. Not much rhythm to his jumper. Very little fluidity in his lower body. Slow getting into his shot. Can improve his footwork - doesn't always get his feet under him.
-Doesn't have much off the dribble game at this stage aside from occasional straight line attacks. Not going to go create a shot versus a sound defender. Limited ball handler in the half court. Struggles a bit to get to pull up jumpers.
-Turnover prone - 0.7 assists and 5.1 turnovers per 40 minutes at the U17s. While he shows some feel at times he isn't strong with the ball in traffic, can improve his vision on the move and struggles a bit executing the simple play.
-Has some skill but relies mostly on athleticism and effort at this stage of his development. What is his calling card on the offensive end?

Outlook Knox finished with the fifth highest PER on the USA team (29.0) and had an impact in transition, around the rim, on the defensive end and the backboards. While he may not have the most polished offensive skill set, Knox is a very intriguing prospect for a 16-year-old old, especially considering the way the NBA is trending. His ability to defend multiple positions, get out in transition, play above the rim and fill in the cracks in a lot of areas could allow him to play a Shawn Marion-type of role before it's all said and done. Knox's outside shot will be the key to unlocking his potential, but until then he has a lot of value as a tough, athletic, versatile forward.

2016 USA Basketball U17 Training Camp Interviews Part 2

Jul 02, 2016, 10:27 am

USA Basketball Junior Nat'l Team Mini-Camp Scouting Reports: Forwards

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Oct 09, 2015, 07:56 am
Kevin Knox, 6'8, SF/PF, Florida, Class of 2017

Jonathan Givony

-One of the best defenders at this camp. Guarded every position on the floor over the course of the weekend, and generally shut down whoever he was matched up with
-Has tremendous footwork and lateral quickness. Plays with an extremely high motor. Takes a huge amount of pride in his ability on the defensive end
-Career 2 steals and 1.5 blocks per-40 at the EYBL and U16 FIBA Americas level.
-Very aggressive looking for scoring opportunities.
-Displays some nice passing ability at times
-Jump-shot isn't broke. Should be able to develop into a decent shooter in time
-Has huge feet, which indicates he may not be done growing yet, especially when considering he's only 16 years old.

-Undersized for a power forward, the position he looks best suited for offensively at the moment, standing somewhere between 6'7 and 6'8. Does not have great length to compensate for that
-Offensive skill-level is a work in progress. Takes a lot of outside shots, but did not find very much success with it at this camp.
-Ball-handling skills are rudimentary

Outlook: Easy to fall in love with his multi-positional defense, but is a major work in progress on the other end of the floor. Somewhat of a tweener at the moment. Will need to either grow or substantially improve his skill-level. Seems likely to do both.

USA Basketball U16 Training Camp Video Scouting Reports: Forwards

Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Jun 18, 2015, 09:24 am

USA Basketball U16 Training Camp Scouting Reports: Big Men

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Jun 04, 2015, 10:53 am
Class of 2017 forward Kevin Knox (NR Scout, NR ESPN, NR Rivals, #42 24/7) measured 6' 8” in shoes with an average 6' 9” wingspan, but an impressive 194-pound frame with a ton of room to grow. While Knox's length is underwhelming, there's a good chance the 15-year-old will still grow a couple of inches, evident by his big feet and hands. Despite the lack of length, Knox should have a very good physical profile for a power forward as he continues to grow and develop.

The Tampa product (and dual-threat quarterback) is already a tremendous athlete, showing the ability to play above the rim with ease. He's quick off the floor and has a lot of pop as a leaper. Knox isn't all that polished on the offensive end, but he always seems to find the ball and has the fundamentals to develop a reliable mid-range jumper in time. Defensively Knox already shows good instincts as a shot blocker and has the athleticism and size to check both perimeter players and bigs. Knox is still a bit raw but he should continue to improve as he develops physically and polishes his offensive game. His play throughout the week left a great impression, as he came in as one of the bigger unknowns and left having established himself as one of the best long-term prospects in attendance.

He discussed his football background and more with us in the following interview:

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