Basketball: USF among Karter Knox’s top college choices

Former Tampa Catholic standout Karter Knox has whittled down his list of extensive offers to a top four. 

The schools that made the cut are Kentucky, Louisville and South Florida. Included in that group is the opportunity to play in the NGA G League Ignite. 

The five-star recruit, who opted to leave the Crusaders to play for the Overtime Elite in July, has ties to the three colleges on his list. 

Kentucky is where his older brother, Kevin Knox II, played for one season before becoming a lottery pick with the New York Knicks in the 2018 NBA Draft. One of Kevin’s assistant coaches with the Wildcats was Kenny Payne, now the head coach at Louisville. 

The most intriguing team on the list is USF. The prospects of staying home became more enticing when Karter’s older brother, Kobe, transferred from Grand Canyon to USF this offseason. 

The Bulls, under first-year coach Amir Abdur-Rahim, also have made a heavy push to land Karter, who was named the Class 3A state player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers after leading the Crusaders to the state semifinals as a junior this past season.  

Karter also could opt to play one year for the NBA G League Ignite, a developmental team designed for elite NBA prospects, before entering the draft. 

Karter was intent on leading Tampa Catholic to a state title this season, something that his older brother, Kevin, was unable to do during his career at the school.

But the opportunity to play for the Overtime Elite, a professional league for players ages 16-20 who can option to play for a salary or a scholarship in order to keep their college eligibility intact, was too good to pass up. Karter also has the chance to earn multiple NIL deals, which played a significant part in his decision on where to ply his senior season.