UK's John Calipari celebrates on hoverboard after snagging five-star recruit Knox

By Alex Butler  |  May 7, 2017 at 10:46 AM
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May 7 (UPI) -- John Calipari added to his already premier 2017 recruiting class Saturday by securing forward Kevin Knox.

The Kentucky basketball coach, known for his ability to recruit, celebrated the news by riding a hoverboard around in his house.

"#Mood," he wrote in the Twitter caption for a video he posted Saturday night.

Knox explained his decision in a blog for USA Today High School Sports.

"There were a lot of reasons why I chose Kentucky; first the coaching staff is phenomenal! They know how to get players to the league and get them outside of their comfort zone and push players to the limit," Knox wrote. "Then I'll be playing with a lot of great players every day in practice getting better against the best competition and, lastly, they know how to win.

"The program knows how to win and I'll have a lot of players around me that know how to win and want to learn how to win even more."

Since Calipari's arrival in 2009, the Wildcats have posted a 260-53 record. Kentucky has won a national title and appeared in four Final 4s. The Wildcats have been regular season champions five times and have also won the SEC tournament five times.

According to 247 Sports, the Wildcats are No. 1 in the class of 2017 recruiting rankings with six five-star prospects and two four-star prospects.

The five-star recruits include: SG Hamidou Diallo, SF Jarred Vanderbilt, PF P.J. Washington, C Nick Richards, PG Quade Green and Knox. It also has SG Jemarl Baker and CG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Knox is ranked the No. 10 player by 247 Sports and the No. 9 player in the ESPN 100 in the class of 2017.

He was also considering Duke, North Carolina, Florida State and Missouri.

"To my BBN family, let's get ready to rock! We're gonna win this national championship so get ready," Knox wrote for USA Today High School Sports.

The 6-foot-9-inch, 203-pound wing averaged 28.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game last season at Tampa Catholic.

Another five-star recruit named Mohamed Bamba is still deciding where he will go next season. Bamba is considering Michigan, Duke, Texas and Kentucky.

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