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This High Schooler Turned Down a $1.4 Million Deal From a Chinese Team


Top-10 Class of 2017 recruit Kevin Knox has narrowed down his college choices to Duke, UNC, Florida State, Kentucky and now Missouri. But, he was recently offered a $1.4 million deal by a CBA team which would see him bypass college and play a year of pro ball in China before entering the NBA Draft. However, Knox’ parents kindly declined the offer and told the team that their All-American son would be going to college this fall. Via The Tampa Bay Times:

A professional team from China called his parents last month, offering $1.4 million for their son to play overseas for a year before entering the NBA draft.

“I didn’t put much stock into the offer,” said his father, also named Kevin. “We politely said thanks but no thanks. He’s going to college.”

Too much time was invested in meeting with coaches and taking official recruiting trips to find the right program that would help Kevin in his abbreviated college apprenticeship. To safeguard against injury before a big payday in the pros, the family is taking out a $1 million insurance policy through Lloyd’s of London.

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