John Calipari is loading up the guest list for this year’s Big Blue Madness.
On Sunday afternoon, Travis Branham of 247Sports reported that top 15 class of 2024 small forward Karter Knox, the younger brother of former Kentucky Wildcat Kevin Knox, will officially visit Lexington the weekend of Oct. 14 to attend Big Blue Madness. Branham also reports that Knox will take an official visit to Louisville the following weekend.
Knox, a 6-foot-5 prospect out of Tampa Catholic (FL), is considered a four-star recruit by the On3 Consensus and the No. 12 overall high school junior in the country. He is one of eight Kentucky targets in the ’24 class who have announced public offers.
Tickets for this year’s Big Blue Madness sold out after roughly 90 minutes.
Coach Calipari is planning for a huge showing at this year’s BBM. Kentucky commits Justin Edwards and Reed Sheppard will be in Lexington for the event, as will the Wildcats’ top two uncommitted ’23 targets: five-stars DJ Wagner and Aaron Bradshaw. Knox surely won’t be the only ’24 recruit in town for the weekend, either.
Knox, who played with Team USA over the summer, announced his offer from Kentucky back in mid-June on the very first day that college coaches could make individual contact with high school juniors. Calipari made sure to check in on Knox in September, too.
“It’s a blessing,” Knox told KSR during the summer at Peach Jam about his offer from UK. “Talking to Coach Cal, hearing him say I had an offer from Kentucky, it’s just a blessing. My brother went to Kentucky and everything, so it’s just a blessing to have one.”
So far, Louisville and Kentucky have made the most notable pitches to Knox. The likes of LSU, Auburn, and Kansas are also involved, but the two Bluegrass State programs have the early edge. Knox has been to Lexington several times over the years thanks to his brother Kevin and is also very familiar with Kenny Payne, who is now the head coach at Louisville after many years as a Kentucky assistant under Calipari.