Kevin Knox’s deal with Puma also benefits Tampa Catholic’s basketball program

New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Published November 2 2018
Updated November 2 2018

Tampa Catholic's boys basketball team will be sporting some serious swag this season thanks to the program's most famous alum.

Kevin Knox, the former Crusader standout who was selected ninth overall by the New York Knicks in the NBA draft, wanted to give back to his high school alma mater. So when Knox signed with Puma, he made sure Tampa Catholic received $10,000 worth of gear from the shoe company for the next four years.

The Crusaders were able to buy uniforms, travel gear and three new pairs of sneakers for every player on the team.

"I still don't know how we're going to spend all of it," said Tampa Catholic coach Don Dziagwa, who also is the school's athletic director.

In addition, Knox paid for all the hotel rooms when the Crusaders travel to play in the Las Vegas Prep Invitational on Dec. 26-29.

In fact, nearly all the expenses of the trip are taken care of thanks to famous area athletes. Tampa Bay Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, whose son Marcellus Crutchfield, plays for Tampa Catholic's football and basketball teams, is footing the bill for the airfare when the hoops squad goes to Vegas.

"It's a good time to be a part of Tampa Catholic basketball," Dziagwa said.

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