“My main goal was to be a top-10 pick. Nothing’s for sure in the draft, but I wanted to hear something like that,” Knight said. “A lot of feedback was in that area. Coach Cal basically said whatever my decision was, he’d have a lot of confidence in me and he told me to test the waters, and the feedback was great.”
Knight averaged 17.3 points and 4.2 assists per game while stepping up his game in the NCAA tournament leading Kentucky to their first final four since 1998. Knight now joins John Wall, Tyreke Evans, and Derrick Rose as the 4th straight freshman point guard to leave Calipari.
Knight is the first of Kentucky’s three underclassmen to announce he is keeping his name in the draft. Fellow freshman Terrence Jones and junior DeAndre Liggins still have till Sundays deadline to withdraw from the draft.
“My main goal was to come here to get better and compete for a national championship and I think we did that,” he said. “I think this opportunity just came up toward the end of the year and it was something I had to look into and take seriously.”