LEXINGTON, Ky. — So is this really possible? Kentucky fans have tried not to get their hopes up about freshman star Kevin Knox coming back for a sophomore season, but his dad sure is making that difficult.
Beat writer Kyle Tucker caught up with Kevin Knox Sr. again Tuesday and he offered the most encouraging update yet: John Calipari made a pitch for Knox to come back to Kentucky and it seemed to strike a chord with the family.
Tucker and host Curtis Burch break down the latest news and what it could mean for the Wildcats on the latest episode of Wildcat Country, your daily Kentucky podcast presented by SEC Country. The rundown:
- Are we seeing a shift in Calipari’s approach? He normally tells projected NBA lottery picks to scram — go get paid — even a few times famously threatening to pull their scholarships so they won’t even consider coming back to school. His message to Knox was something different.
- Is it really so crazy to think it might be in Knox’s best interest to return to school? His father laid out some really solid thinking behind why another year of college makes sense: He’s 18 until August (meaning incoming freshmen will be older than him), he really wants a championship ring (dad, a Florida State football national champ, has been ribbing him about that) and there is plenty of room to improve.
- So … does fellow freshman star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s decision to delay his announcement a week have anything to do with waiting to see what Knox does?
- And oh by the way, it’s spring football season and beat writer Joe Mussatto drops by to give us the latest from Mark Stoops and Co. That includes an update on the quarterback battle, where Gunnar Hoak and JUCO transfer Terry Wilson are vying for the right to replace Stephen Johnson.