Boys basketball: Karter Knox to make college decision within 14 days — Feb. 28, 2024

Karter Knox, a five-star recruit who was selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game, will make his college decision within the next 14 days, according to his father, Kevin Knox Sr.

Karter, who starred at Tampa Catholic before joining Overtime Elite in Atlanta for his senior season, has whittled down his extensive list of college offers to three schools: Kentucky, Louisville and USF. He 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, or remain with Overtime Elite.

There are family ties to the three colleges on the 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. Kobe currently is averaging 8.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for the Bulls, who are ranked 25th nationally in the latest coaches and Associated Press polls.

USF, under first-year coach Amir Abdur-Rahim, has 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 two seasons ago. 

Two weeks ago, the Knox family attended the Bulls’ home win over defending Final Four participant Florida Atlantic.

Karter was intent on leading Tampa Catholic to a state title this past 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 play his senior season