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  1. Serrel Smith's mother knows best ... and basketball

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    Serrel Smith is the go-to guy for St. Petersburg High's boys basketball team because he is at his best with the ball in his hands. The senior guard's speciality is making long-distance shots.

    Serrel Smith, St. Petersburg High School.
  2. NBA teams' pre-draft perusal of Kevin Knox already a go

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    Former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox has yet to play his first college game at Kentucky, but NBA teams are already thinking about his pro future. (Loren Elliott, Times)
  3. College basketball scandal dips into Tampa Bay

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    Secret recordings. Undercover agents. Bribes. Federal indictments. College basketball's latest national scandal into the unsavory methods that coaches, agents and shoe company representatives use to make inroads with elite high school prospects has it all — including connections to Tampa Bay.

    In this March 15, 2012, file photo, San Diego State assistant coach Tony Bland, left, talks during NCAA college basketball practice in Columbus, Ohio. Bland was identified in court papers, and is among 10 people facing federal charges in Manhattan federal court, Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. [AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File]
  4. Tampa Prep SG Jaren Phillips rises fast in ESPN basketball rankings

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    Tampa Prep SG Jaren Phillips has rocketed up the rankings, vaulting to No. 6 overall in the state in ESPN's latest list of top basketball recruits in the 2019 class.

    Tampa Prep junior basketball player Jaren Phillips
  5. New NBA mock draft has Kevin Knox going sixth overall

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    One of Kevin Knox's lifelong goals is to be a one-and-done, a player who leaves after his freshman season of college to enter the NBA draft. It is even written on a chalkboard on his bedroom wall.

    Expectations are high for Kentucky basketball player and former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox. (Loren Elliott, Times)
  6. Kentucky recruit, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox among top prospects for 2018 NBA Draft

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    Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox finishes a layup during the McDonald's All-American game in March at the United Center in Chicago. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  7. Wharton High shortstop Drew Ehrhard wins 47th Saladino Award

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    BRANDON — It was a hot topic in the Ehrhard home during the high school baseball season.

    Who would win the Saladino Award?

    Wharton High shortstop Drew Ehrhard, receiving his trophy from Tony Saladino, batted .422 with four homers,
24 RBIs and a .505 on-base percentage for the Wildcats.
  8. King's Michael Weaving takes over as Sickles boys basketball coach

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    Sickles announced Thursday that it has hired King coach Michael Weaving to take over the boys basketball program.

  9. Kevin Knox: Kentucky will make me better

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    Since tweeting his college announcement to Kentucky two days ago, Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox has received plenty of praise from local celebrities in the sports world.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox dribbles up the court during the McDonald's All-American game at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Knox, a five-star recruit, is expected to commit in April to either Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina or Florida State.
  10. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay boys basketball teams

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    Hillsborough County Player of the Year

    F Kevin Knox, Sr., Tampa Catholic

    Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox, a McDonald's All-American (Courtesy of McDonald's)