Kevin Knox, a five-star forward from Tampa, Fla., has had UNC on his radar for months. He is ranked 10th overall in the Class of 2017 and is the second-best small forward behind No. 1 overall prospect Michael Porter Jr. While he’s not a perfect fit for the Tar Heels, he’d be a game-changing get for the program.
North Carolina is in the thick of the recruiting battle for Knox’s services for next season. Duke, Kentucky and Florida State have long been in the mix, and Missouri appears to be making a late push headlined by the commitment of Porter.
Knox is projected to play just one season in college because he’s the perfect player for the modern NBA — a versatile, 6-foot-8-inches forward who can score at all three levels, has the physical tools to guard multiple positions on the wing and is only going to get better.
If Knox’s playing style sounds familiar, it should: Justin Jackson came to Chapel Hill with a similar scouting report. After Jackson declared for the NBA Draft last week, head coach Roy Williams can pitch Knox on the allure of filling his spot in UNC’s starting lineup. It’s too easy to just say Knox would take over Jackson’s role in the offense — in reality, Jackson is more of a pure shooter than Knox has been in high school. But Knox is more likely to come now that Jackson has left a scoring void.