Boys basketball: Tampa Catholic’s Karter Knox named Class 3A state player of the year

Tampa Catholic’s Karter Knox, a five-star recruit who led the Crusaders to their second straight state semifinal appearance, was named the Class 3A state player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

As a junior this season, Knox averaged 19.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game while helping Tampa Catholic go 19-11. 

The winners in each classification were selected through voting from a statewide panel of boys basketball coaches and media representatives. They are now eligible to be named the overall winner in the state, which will go through another round of voting and likely be announced next week. 

Knox, the younger brother of former Crusader great and current Portland Trailblazer Kevin Knox, finished with 80 points in the 3A balloting to beat out Miami Riviera Prep’s Dante Allen, who had 72.   

This offseason, Knox will end up making his decision on where to attend college. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard, currently ranked as the nation’s sixth-best player in the 2024 class by ESPN, has offers from Auburn, Kentucky and Louisville, among others.