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Wed. June 17, 2015 | Bob Putnam | Email

Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox makes mark against international foes

Last week, Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox went to Argentina, his first trip to a foreign country. He visited the beaches in Buenos Aires before heading to Bahia Blanca to tour the Land Plaza Hotel, which is owned by San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili.

Mostly, though, Knox played basketball. After all, it was the reason for the trip.

Knox, a junior, was one of 12 players selected for USA Basketball’s under-16 national team, which played for the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. Knox played a pivotal role, averaging 10.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in five games – all wins – to help the Americans win the title.They beat Canada 77-60 in the final.

“It was a tremendous experience,” Knox said. “I learned a lot from the coaches with the game and even got some life tips. It was just an honor to be playing and representing my country. And I felt I played well in most of the games, too. I made everyone proud.”

Knox’s performance continued his rapid ascension this offseason. Unranked a few weeks ago, Knox is now listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN and debuted at No. 45 on its list of the top 60 players in the country in the 2017 class.

The 6-foot-6 forward also is getting plenty of attention from colleges.

“My dad’s phone has been ringing constantly with the coaches showing interest in me,” Knox said.

Knox had offers from Florida State. Miami, Memphis and Xavier. Since coming back from Argentina, he picked up another from Georgia and has interest from Auburn, Duke and Texas Tech.

Knox won't slow down this summer. He will continue to play with his travel team, Each1Teach1, which is going to the Peach Jam in Georgia July 8-12.  

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