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Kentucky star enters NBA draft

Utah Valley v Kentucky

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 10: Kevin Knox #5 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball against the Utah Valley Wolverines at Rupp Arena on November 10, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Kevin Knox announced on Friday afternoon that he will be entering the NBA draft and signing with an agent.

Knox was a late commit, surprisingly picking Kentucky over the likes of Duke and North Carolina, and ended up averaging 15.6 points and 5.4 boards while shooting 34.1 percent from the floor.

As talented as Knox is, he was somewhat inconsistent this season. As good as he looked putting up 34 points at West Virginia this season, Knox would have stretches where his shot wasn’t dropping. But his ability to read pin-down screens, his promising shooting stroke and his positional versatility makes him a intriguing prospect.

The 6-foot-9 wing is projected as a lottery pick this year, although there was some speculation in recent days that he may make the decision to return to school and try to play his way into being a top five pick.

In the end, the chance to enter the draft this season ended up making the most sense.