LEXINGTON, KY--Kevin Knox, an 18-year old freshman hoops phenom for the Kentucky Wildcats, looks forward to bleeding Kentucky blue for the next six months or so before leaving for the NBA. Knox is honored to be a part of the hallowed basketball program at Kentucky and vowed to wear his colors proudly in honor of those that came before him.
“Kentucky blue, man. You just can’t get any better than that,” Knox told reporters Monday. “I’m still pinching myself that I am actually a part of this great tradition. I AM Kentucky basketball, and it is a part of me, as much as my heart, lungs, and the blood the runs through my veins. And it will stay that way until around April when I can hire an agent and get the hell out of here.”
Knox then teared up when relating what the Kentucky basketball program means to him.
“I’ve got so many memories here,” said Knox. “So many things that will stay with me for the rest of my life, like the day I signed my letter of intent, the day I first set foot on the court of Rupp Arena, and today, in which I practiced and then talked to you guys. It's hard to believe that someday this will all be over but when it is, I know in my heart of hearts I'll be able to look back say that I didn't do anything to negatively affect my draft status or future branding opportunities.”
Knox then recalled some of the great players that came before him.
“Dan Issel. Clint Hagan. Frank Ramsey. Even Pat Riley played here. Pat Riley! What a group! I don’t know if I’m even worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as these people. Actually I know I’m not because they were here for four years and I’m just here for a brief cup of coffee before I escape to the NBA. Yet some day I'll probably be inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame anyway, because nothing means anything anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about that.”
Kentucky coach John Calipari said that seeing players come and go every few years is a bittersweet experience.
“It's tough being a college coach because you have these kids for such a short time and then they’re gone,” said Calipari, who has coached the team for six years. “In the meantime, they become like sons to you, and Chris Knox is no different. Or is it Kevin...Kevin? Okay. Anyway, it seems like just yesterday I was luring him to sign here with a bag full of cash and tickets to the Drake concert. In just a few short months, it will all be over and he'll be replaced by some other future NBA bench player.”
“But it does’t matter,” he continued. “As far as I’m concerned, Chris Knox IS Kentucky basketball. And so is the other kid...with the fucked up name. Diablo. He seems nice too.”
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