College players across the nation have been declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft since the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament, and one Kentucky basketball star announced on Friday that he will be joining them and be making the decision to go pro.
That player is Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox, who led Kentucky in scoring at 15.6 points per game while adding 5.4 rebounds.
“After careful consideration, I have made the decision to follow my dreams of becoming an NBA player and enter the 2018 NBA draft,” Knox said in a statement, via ESPN.com. “Thank you to my teammates, my coaches and the fans. You have made my year as a Kentucky Wildcat one of the best years of my life. God bless.”
Knox joins fellow Wildcats freshman PJ Washington in the draft pool, however, Washington has not signed with an agent and will be eligible to return to school after testing the draft waters.
“Kevin came in as one of the youngest freshmen in the country and adapted as well as any player I have ever coached,” Kentucky coach John Calipari added in a statement. “He improved in every area of his game, became an efficient scorer like some of the best players I’ve coached here and could score all types of ways, including runners, pull-ups, 3-pointers, post-ups and in pick-and-roll offense. His defense and rebounding improved throughout the year, which is a big reason why we were able to go on a run at the end of the season.”
Knox is currently a projected top ten pick.
The 2018 NBA Draft will be held June 21 at the Barclays Center in New York.