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Karter Knox, brother of former UK star Kevin Knox, recaps visits to Kentucky, Louisville

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The last name “Knox” is known well in the hoops world, and more specifically by the Kentucky basketball fanbase.

Kevin Knox, the oldest of the bunch, is currently playing in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons, before a pitstop with the Kentucky Wildcats in 2017. The middle brother, Kobe Knox, is a redshirt freshman at Grand Canyon University.

The youngest of the trio is Karter Knox, a member of the 2024 class and he’s making a name of his own.

The 6-foot-5 wing out of Tampa (FL) Catholic is ranked as a five-star and the No. 7 overall prospect in 2024 according to the On3 Consensus.

The On3 Consensus is the average ranking from all four major recruiting media companies (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports, On3).

Louisville assistant Nolan Smith makes special trip for Knox

While playing at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Louisville assistant coach Nolan Smith made a trip down to Florida to see Karter play, making it known he’s a priority recruit for the ‘Cards.

“It’s pretty good,” Knox said of his relationship with Smith. “I just went on a visit to Louisville, so yeah, it was a pretty good atmosphere and everything. Good coaching staff. It was great.”

Karter also has a long-standing relationship with Louisville head coach Kenny Payne.

“We have a pretty good relationship,” he says. “Because he was with Kevin at Kentucky and in New York (Knicks).”

In a previous interview, Karter spoke highly of KP.

“When I was a kid, I used to look up to him and he would always treat me well,” Karter said of Kenny Payne. “We would treat each other like family. He was close with Kevin (Knox) so he was close with me. (Kenny Payne) is a good coach and a good person, a hardworking coach. I’m really glad to see him with the head coaching job.”

A full-circle moment for Karter while on his visit to UK

Karter Knox was 12 years old when watched his older brother Kevin suit up in the Kentucky uniform for the first time. Five years later, he was able to do the same, while on an official visit in Lexington.

“It was good,” Karter said of his trip to Kentucky. “I’ve been there multiple times. It was just good being there, wearing the jersey for the official (visit) pictures. Obviously, Kevin went to Kentucky and I watched him put on the jersey and take pictures and now it’s me putting it on.”

Karter remembers what it was like when Kevin visited Kentucky for the first time.

“It was crazy,” he said. “I was like ‘this dude really at Kentucky’. It was just mind-blowing since I was so young.”