Kevin Knox tweaks hamstring at U19 tryouts
For the past two years, Kevin Knox led USA Basketball’s junior national teams to world titles.
The opportunity for a third was cut short Wednesday after Knox tweaked his hamstring during tryouts for the U19 team.
Knox, a former Tampa Catholic standout who is entering his freshman season at Kentucky, was encouraged by Wildcats coach John Calipari to return to Lexington to heal.
“Kevin Knox is going to be fine with some rest, but he and I talked and thought it was in his best interest not to push it,” Calipari said on his Twitter account. “He’s too important to our season to push it and aggravate it more.
“My suggestion was that he go back to Lexington to rest it and focus on class, which he is. But he was great this week at USA Basketball’s training camp. Proud of him.”
Knox, a 6-foot-9 forward, stood out in tryouts. He was a finalist and one of the favorites to make the team.
If he made it, Knox would have played in Egypt, the fourth continent in his basketball travels over the past two years. He won world titles in Argentina (2015) and Spain (2016).