High School Basketball Phenom Chooses College Over $1.4 Million
Kevin Knox, a 6'8" 17 year old Tampa native and five star recruit just turned down a once in a lifetime deal. According to Bob Putman of the Tampa Bay Times, Knox had an offer to play professional basketball in the Chinese Basketball Association.
"He has already turned down an offer to turn pro as soon as he graduates from Tampa Catholic. A professional team from China called his parents last month, offering $1.4 million for their son to play overseas for a year before entering the NBA draft."
But Knox' father, who was also an athlete and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1994, just wants the best for his son.
“I didn’t put much stock into the offer. We politely said thanks but no thanks. He’s going to college.”
Kevin Knox has narrowed his schools down to Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Missouri. Most likely this high flyer will be a one and done player. Passing up on this deal did not seem like a tough choice for the family. Although basketball in China is rapidly growing, there is nothing like playing with the best of the best right here at home. And yes, Knox who has high chances of being a top draft pick (depending on his freshman year), probably won't make that kind of money his first year in the NBA but if he keeps improving $1.4 million will be chump change to him.
Lets just hope the Knox' made the right choice on this one.
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