Florida Dairy Farmers name Kevin Knox Mr. Basketball
Tampa Catholic forward Kevin Knox, one of the premier players in the nation, was named the Florida Dairy Farmers' Mr. Basketball on Saturday, an award given to the state’s top player regardless of classification.
Knox, a 6-foot-8 forward, is just the third player from the area to win the award and the first since Tampa Prep’s Casey Sanders in 1999. Next week, Knox will be honored by the Florida Dairy Farmers during an assembly in the school’s gymnasium.
Throughout the season, Knox made highlight-worthy plays, whether it was on thunderous dunks or what-the-heck heaves from long range. The five-star recruit averaged 28.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game this season while leading the Crusaders to the Class 5A state championship game.
In the state semifinals, Knox had his most memorable performance, tying a season-high with 40 points and matching a career high with 20 rebounds in a win over the Villages.
He achieved other milestones and accolades, too. Knox became Hillsborough County’s all-time leading scorer this season and was the first area player to be selected for the McDonald’s All-America game since Sickles’ John Henson in 2009.
Ranked among the top seven players in the nation, Knox drew plenty of attention from colleges. He has narrowed his list of schools to Duke, Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina and will announce his college decision in mid-April.
Florida’s Mr. Basketball
1983: Frank Ford (Kissimmee Osceola/Florida)
1984: Vernon Maxwell (Gainesville Buchholz/Florida)
1985: Toney Mack (Brandon/Georgia)
1986: Chris Corchiani (Miami Lakes/NC State)
1987: Chris Corchiani (Miami Lakes/NC State)
1988: Johnny Walker (Quincy Shanks/Florida)
1989: Doug Edwards (Miami Senior/FSU)
1990: Clifford Rozier (Bradenton Southeast/North Carolina/Louisville)
1991: Steve Edwards (Miami Senior/Miami)
1992: Steve Edwards (Miami Senior/Miami)
1993: James Collins (Jacksonville Jackson/FSU)
1994: LeRon Williams (Bradenton Southeast/Florida)
1995: Vince Carter (Daytona Beach Mainland/North Carolina)
1996: Luke Barnes (South Miami/Miami)
1997: Jason Pryor (Fort Walton Beach/Ohio State)
1998: Teddy Dupay (Cape Coral Mariner/Florida)
1999: Casey Sanders (Tampa Prep/Duke)
2000: Orien Greene (Gainesville/Florida/UL Lafayette)
2001: Adrian McPherson (Bradenton Southeast/FSU)
2002: Amar’e Stoudemire (Orlando Cypress Creek/NBA)
2003: Chris Richard (Lakeland Kathleen/Florida)
2004: Darius Washington (Orlando Edgewater/Memphis)
2005: Keith Brumbaugh (DeLand/Hillsborough CC)
2006: Nick Calathes (Lake Howell/Florida)
2007: Nick Calathes (Lake Howell/Florida)
2008: Ray Shipman (Miami Pace/Florida/UCF)
2009: Brandon Knight (Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest/Kentucky)
2010: Brandon Knight (Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest/Kentucky)
2011: Austin Rivers (Winter Park/Duke)
2012: Joel Berry II (Orlando Lake Highland Prep/North Carolia)
2013: Joel Berry II (Orlando Lake Highland Prep/North Carolia)
2014: Joel Berry II (Orlando Lake Highland Prep/North Carolia)
2015: Antonio Blakeney (Orlando Oak Ridge/LSU)
2016: Tony Bradley (Bartow/North Carolina)