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Knicks select Kentucky's Kevin Knox with ninth overall pick

The New York Knicks chose Kentucky's Kevin Knox with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft in New York on Thursday night.

Knox was Coach John Calipari's 18th NBA lottery pick in his nine seasons at UK. The Charlotte Hornets followed two picks later by taking Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to give Calipari 19 lottery picks at UK. Gilgeous-Alexander was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers soon after.

"Ready to get to work," Knox said. "Really looking forward to playing in Madison Square Garden, playing in front of you great, great fans in the Mecca of basketball ... Hoping to get some wins this season and getting you guys a championship."

Steve Mills, the Knicks' executive president, said the team liked what it saw from Knox during his visit and workout with the team.

"Spending time with him made us feel really good about him," Mills said. "He's young. He's athletic. He's going to become a good defensive player. He's just really a long, athletic, young player that made us real excited. And the fact he wanted to come in and compete with five other guys during a workout, that showed something about how he felt about himself as a player and where we thought he could grow as a player."

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Knox, a 6-foot-9, 215 pound freshman forward out of Tampa, Fla., played one season at UK. He averaged 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 34.1 percent from three-point range and 77.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Knox was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention and was named Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the Year along with Alabama's Collin Sexton. He was also named first-team All-SEC by the league's coaches.

The 576 points Knox scored as a freshman ranks eighth in school history.

Before arriving at UK, Knox was chosen as Florida's 2017 Mr. Basketball winner after averaging 28.5 points and 11.3 rebounds for Tampa Catholic. He finished his career there scoring 2,760 points.

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