The Sixers' interest in Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox is genuine.

The team hosted the 18-year old forward for a workout on Friday and came away impressed with his versatility, as he dominated his workout, showing the ability to score both inside and outside.

Knox, the second youngest player in the draft, is rising up draft boards and could be just the type of player the Sixers are looking for, a 3-and-D type of player, who can also put the ball on the floor and be a true complement to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

"Here is the thing," NBC Philadelphia Sixers analyst Marc Jackson said on the Sports Bash. "You can slot him in at that three-slot, and about half-way through the season, he would take over the starting position at three."

And while he is very talented, Knox, the SEC co-freshman of the year, would have to make a big adjustment to help make an immediate impact as a rookie, but its something that he is willing to do and has done in the past.

"His ability to want to learn, he loves to learn," Jackson explained.  "Watching him workout the last six-seven years, watching his development, watching his growth both physically and mentally - he's an under-the-radar kind of guy that can average 17-18 points per game in his league."

At 6-foot-9 and 210 pound, Knox averaged 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in his lone season at Kentucky. He is projected to be selected anywhere from No. 5 down to the mid-teens in most NBA mock drafts.

As you might expect, Jackson believes Knox could be a tremendous pick for the Sixers if he is there at No. 10.

"I've been watching the kid since he was like in the sixth grade," Jackson said. "He is and will be a consistent NBA shooter, he will be a tremendous defender."


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