Tampa Catholic junior Kevin Knox will not play football this season to keep his focus on basketball, he announced Wednesday.
Knox was Tampa Catholic’s starting quarterback last season and was the projected starter entering camp beginning Monday. He announced his decision on Twitter, saying “at this time, I will hang up the cleats and pursue basketball FULL TIME and try to please God with the talent he has given me.”
This summer, Knox, a 6-foot-6 forward, helped the USA Basketball 16-under national team finish 5-0 at the FIBA Americas 16U championship in Argentina. Knox started four of the five games and averaged 10.6 points. In the championship game, a 77-60 victory against Canada, Knox had four points and eight rebounds.
Knox, a three-star-rated prospect as a quarterback, passed for 995 yards and seven touchdowns last season for a Crusaders football team that finished 4-6.
Knox averaged 24.4 points and 10 rebounds last season for TC’s basketball team, which reached the Class 4A region semifinals.
He is rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and the 45th-best player in the class of 2017. He has offers from Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Texas Tech, South Florida, Miami, Memphis and Xavier.