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  • Calipari envisions Knox in a Malik Monk scoring role

    By: LARRY VAUGHT



    Kevin Knox was a late commitment to Kentucky when most thought he was either headed to Duke or Florida State. “The program knows how to win and I’ll have a lot of players around me that know how to win and want to learn how to win even more,” Knox said when he picked UK on Derby Day and was hit by a barrage of hate on social media from fans of other teams.

    Kentucky coach John Calipari told him he could envision him in the same scoring role that Malik Monk had last season.

    “This is the first group where Cal challenged us to find positionless players and Kevin can certainly handle that,” assistant coach Joel Justus said. “He can guard multiple positions. He’s skilled on the floor with the ball. He can rebound. He scores a variety of ways. He’s a good passer.”

    Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne said he thinks of Golden State star Kevin Durant when he sees Knox because they are both long, athletic players who can shoot, pass and rebound.

    “If he is my son, I am telling him the mold is already made. Just duplicate what that dude (Durant) is doing,” Payne said. “He’s wiry. He can shoot the 3. Can shoot the midrange shot. Can post up. Can put the ball on the floor. He’s a special talent.

    “With that kind of potential, I am not sure he even realizes how good he can be. Our goal is for him to get better. Don’t worry about the results, just get better.”
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