Former Kentucky Recruit Karter Knox to Join John Calipari at Arkansas, per Report

McDonald's All American West guard Karter Knox
McDonald's All American West guard Karter Knox / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

When John Calipari left the University of Kentucky for the same job at Arkansas, it was widely assumed that he'd be bringing some talent with him to Fayetteville, especially given the strong recruiting class he'd assembled prior to his exit.

One of the top members of that class has indeed opted to follow Calipari to Arkansas—former Wildcats recruit and four-star prospect Karter Knox committed to the Razorbacks on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Knox made the decision to decommit from Kentucky earlier this month, and he was far from the only member of the recruiting class to do so. In addition to Knox, the Wildcats have lost the commitments of five-stars Jayden Quaintance and Boogie Fland, as well as four-stars like Billy Richmond and Somto Cyril.

Additionally, former Wildcats center Zvonimir Ivisic announced his intention to transfer to Arkansas after averaging 11.7 minutes across 15 games during his freshman campaign.

Knox, who averaged 22.2 points per game in the Overtime Elite League this season, spoke highly of Calipari and associate head coach Kenny Payne when explaining his decision to join the Razorbacks.

"Throughout my whole recruiting process, Coach Cal always said he wants to make me a pro, and I trust that he will do that for me at Arkansas," said Knox, via ESPN. "I also have a great relationship with Coach Kenny Payne, so getting to play for two coaches I admire is a dream come true."

Karl Rasmussen


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