Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox Named 2017 Florida Mr. Basketball

Florida's Mr. Basketball - Kevin Knox Photo (Tampa Bay Times)

Florida’s Mr. Basketball – Kevin Knox
Photo (Tampa Bay Times)

GAINESVILLE (March 18) – Senior Kevin Knox of Tampa Catholic High School has been named the 2017 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball following a final round of voting by a statewide panel of high school basketball coaches and media representatives.

Knox, who has been named both a McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American, was recently named the Class 5A Player-of-the-Year after averaging 28.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.0 blocks per game while leading his team to the state championship game.

Knox tallied 14 of the 18 first-place votes and 170 points to finish ahead of Class 9A POY Trent Frazier of Wellington, who had three first-place votes and 138 points.

Class 7A POY Anfernee Simons of Edgewater finished third with 115 points followed by Class 8A POY Jeff Prophete (97) of Ft. Lauderdale, Class 4A POY Chaundee Brown Jr. (90) of The First Academy, Class 2A POY Felipe Haase (75) of Miami Christian, Class 3A POY Amorie Archibald (70) of Trinity Christian, Class 6A POY Marquez Cooper of Anclote (44) and Class 1A POY Darion Wilson (29) of Wildwood.

The Florida Dairy Farmers High School Sports Awards program exemplifies Florida Dairy Farmers’ commitment to the state’s youth. This is the 25th year of these unique awards as we honor the state’s top athletes and coaches in all 30 FHSAA sanctioned and recognized sports. The program also emphasizes to young people the importance of keeping dairy products a primary part of their diet in their overall nutrition plan.

2017 FINAL VOTING RESULTS (Note: Points awarded on a 10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis).  Area winners in bold.

Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Kevin Knox 14 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 170
Trent Frazier 3 9 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 138
Anfernee Simons 0 5 4 5 2 1 1 0 0 115
Jeff Prophete 0 0 7 2 3 3 3 0 0 97
Chaundee Brown Jr. 0 0 3 3 6 4 1 1 0 90
Felipe Haase 0 1 2 3 1 3 5 0 3 75
Amorie Archibald 1 0 0 1 3 5 5 1 2 70
Marquez Cooper 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 7 5 44
Darion Wilson 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 8 29

NOTE: The Mr. Basketball Award was sponsored by Florida Sports News, Inc., from 1983 to 1992

Past Mr. Basketball Winners:

1983 – Frank Ford, Kissimmee Osceola
1984 – Vernon Maxwell, Gainesville Buchholz
1985 – Toney Mack, Brandon
1986 – Chris Corchiani, Hialeah Miami Lakes
1987 – Chris Corchiani, Hialeah Miami Lakes
1988 – Johnny Walker, Quincy Shanks
1989 – Douglas Edwards, Miami Senior
1990 – Clifford Rozier, Bradenton Southeast
1991 – Steve Edwards, Miami Senior
1992 – Steve Edwards, Miami Senior
1993 – James Collins, Jacksonville Jackson
1994 – LeRon Williams, Bradenton Southeast
1995 – Vince Carter, Daytona Beach Mainland
1996 – Luke Barnes, South Miami
1997 – Jason Pryor, Fort Walton Beach
1998 – Teddy Dupay, Cape Coral Mariner
1999 – Casey Sanders, Tampa Prep
2000 – Orien Greene, Gainesville
2001- Adrian McPherson, Bradenton Southeast
2002 – Amare Stoudemire, Orlando Cypress Creek
2003 – Chris Richard, Lakeland Kathleen
2004 – Darius Washington, Orlando Edgewater
2005 – Keith Brumbaugh, Deland
2006 – Nick Calathes, Winter Park Lake Howell
2007 – Nick Calathes, Winter Park Lake Howell
2008 – Ray Shipman, Miami Monsignor Pace
2009 – Brandon Knight, Ft. Lauderdale Pine Crest
2010 – Brandon Knight, Ft. Lauderdale Pine Crest
2011 – Austin Rivers, Winter Park
2012 – Joel Berry II, Lake Highland Preparatory
2013 – Joel Berry II, Lake Highland Preparatory
2014 – Joel Berry II, Lake Highland Preparatory
2015 – Antonio Blakeney, Orlando Oak Ridge
2016 – Tony Bradley, Bartow