Kevin Knox II is an American professional basketball player who plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Knox played his high school basketball for the Crusaders of the Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Florida. As a junior, he led his team to regional and district championships and runner-up to the 2016 Florida Class 4A semi-finals while averaging 30.1 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.
Knox joined the AAU team, E1T1 United on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) Circuit in the summer of 2016. He scored a career-high 28 points in a win against All Ohio Red while averaging 19.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game on the EYBL circuit. In his senior year, Knox led the Tampa Catholic to a 25–6 record while averaging 28.5 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per game.
He also took part in the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic. He is considered as one of the best players in the 2017 class is a 5-star recruit. Representing the USA, he won two gold medals at the 2015 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship and 2016 FIBA Under-17 World Championship. Knox turned down an offer to play for the Chinese Basketball Association and multiple offers from different colleges to play his college basketball for the University of Kentucky.
As a freshman, Knox was the top scorer for the Wildcats with 15.9 points per game leading the team to a 10-8 conference record and a 4th place in the SEC. Being the team’s only threat from the three-point line, Knox played big minutes. He was named to the All-Rookie and First Team All-SEC. The Wildcats went onto win the SEC tournament in a final against Tennessee with Knox scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. Knox was selected as the 9th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks.