Kevin Knox Declares for 2018 NBA Draft After 1 Season at Kentucky

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2018

Kentucky forward Kevin Knox II (5) takes a three point shot against Texas A&M during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
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After one season playing for the Kentucky Wildcats, Kevin Knox has declared for the 2018 NBA draft.

The 18-year-old announced his decision Friday by posting a video on Twitter:

Per the team, Knox intends to hire an agent.

The decision comes one day after Knox's dad, Kevin Sr., told LEX18.com that he was leaning toward wanting his son to return to Lexington for his sophomore season.

The Tampa, Florida, resident averaged 15.6 points per game on 44.5 percent shooting from the floor and 34.1 percent from three-point range in 2017-18. As the Wildcats noted, the 6'9", 215-pound forward was quite the playmaker during his lone season in Lexington:

Kentucky overcame a slow start this season to make noise during the postseason. The Wildcats won the SEC tournament and made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament before their season ended with a narrow loss to Kansas State.

Under the spotlight of the Big Dance, Knox averaged 15.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting and 5.7 rebounds in three NCAA tournament games.

Once again, UK coach John Calipari may have to reload for next season. Fellow Kentucky freshman PJ Washington also declared for the NBA draft this week, but unlike Knox, he will not hire an agent.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman ranked Knox as the 12th-best prospect in the NCAA tournament.

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