Category Archives: Justin Knox

Justin Knox transfers to UNC

It looks official: Justin Knox is heading to Chapel Hill. Multiple reports, including this one, says the Tuscaloosa native is heading to the ACC and one of the nation’s proudest basketball traditions.

So, I guess this who UAB mess is an afterthought now.

It will be interesting to see how much playing time he will get with the Tar Heels after citing that issue as the reason for leaving the Crimson Tide. His junior season had peeks and valleys, but he played well towards the end of the season.

Stay tuned if further details emerge in this one.

And now, the Bama Blog video of the day.

Justin Knox appeal denied

I’m a little backed up with a couple different stories I am working on, but here is the latest update on the Justin Knox transfer saga written by the Associated Press:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A University of Alabama panel has denied basketball player Justin Knox’s appeal of restrictions placed on his transfer options, but he could still land at a high-profile destination.

Athletic department spokesman Doug Walker confirmed Tuesday that the university committee decided Monday not to free the junior forward to transfer to UAB, another Southeastern Conference school or a school that’s on the Crimson Tide’s schedule for next season.

“I think he was leaning toward UAB, because (Blazers coach) Mike Davis recruited him out of high school and knows his game,” Knox’s uncle, Darien Knox, told The Birmingham News in a story Tuesday. “It would’ve been a good fit.”

The university placed those restrictions on Knox when he decided to play his final season elsewhere. He’s not allowed to transfer to a school within the University of Alabama System, meaning UAB or Division II Alabama-Huntsville.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pounder can play immediately after he graduates this summer and enrolls in graduate school. He would have to sit out a year if he transferred to UAB or one of the other schools on the restricted list.

Knox and his uncle went on an official visit to North Carolina on Sunday and Monday, with another scheduled Tuesday at Georgia Tech. Darien Knox told the newspaper North Carolina has made a scholarship offer.

The Alabama committee did not publicly give a reason for the decision.

“We wish nothing but the best for Justin and all of his future endeavors,” athletic director Mal Moore said.

The NCAA allows Knox to take up to five official visits. Darien Knox said he might add South Alabama, Southern Miss and Georgia State to his list of trips.

He started 17 games last season and averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Justin Knox visits UNC

As the bickering continues over the transfer of Alabama junior Justin Knox, the Tuscaloosa product visited one of the college basketball crown jewels.

According to the Twitter page of his uncle, Knox visited North Carolina. From Darien Knox’s twitter:

“N Chapel Hill(UNC) wit Justin(Nephew) on Official, lovin every min of it, full day of events scheduled today, he’s Very Excited!!”

So maybe all the fighting over the UAB restriction will become a footnote in this story. Who knows at this point. Stay tuned for more.

The Justin Knox saga continues

The whole Justin Knox transfer story continues. Here is what the Associated Press wrote about it this afternoon.

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Alabama coach Anthony Grant said Thursday the university made the decision to limit Justin Knox’s transfer options while agreeing to keep paying his tuition until he graduates this summer.

Grant said he did not make the decision to put restrictions on the junior forward, who would be eligible to play immediately once he has his degree. Under the restrictions, Knox can’t transfer to a school on the Crimson Tide’s schedule next season, to a Southeastern Conference school or within the University of Alabama system. That would rule out UAB.

“My first conversation with him was in regards to his graduation,” Grant said at a pro-am before the Regions Charity Classic. “I felt like what I needed to do for Justin was get clarification on whether or not the university would pay for his graduation. I went and spoke to our administration and they indicated that they would consider that but they had stipulations. Once that got talked about and put in their hands, I stepped away from it. It’s really an administrative decision. Right now, I’m out of it.”

Knox has appealed the restrictions to the university.

Grant indicated he didn’t have a problem personally with Knox transferring to UAB.

“Whatever Justin decides to do, whatever he feels like is in his best interest, I think that’s between Justin and his family,” he said.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Knox started 17 games in Grant’s first season and averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds.

He was a 31-game starter as a sophomore, when he averaged 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Asked whether he feared there was improper tampering from another school, Grant said he is giving Knox the benefit of the doubt.

“When Justin and I talked, Justin spoke of his desire to put himself in a better position to have more playing time, to be a bigger part of that program,” Grant said. “I’ve got to take Justin at his word that that’s what he’s looking for, and I believe him. Justin is a great kid, and we have a great relationship. I wish him the best.”

Grant said a number of schools have called about Knox.