The likely addition of Alabama’s Justin Knox to North Carolina’s basketball team would help the Tar Heels’ depth but probably would add no more than a marginal offensive boost.
The 6-foot-9 Knox, currently a junior and the SEC scholar athlete of the year in 2008-09, is scheduled to graduate in June and would be immediately eligible to play for the Heels as a graduate student.
Knox has expressed casual interest in Southern Miss and Georgia State. Memphis has attempted to enter the picture but seems more interested in 6-8 Minnesota junior Trevor Mbakwe, who also has mentioned N.C. State as a possibility.
Knox, a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has been given permission by the school to transfer but only to a school outside the SEC and/or Alabama system.
At Carolina, he would absorb some of the playing time left by transferring forwards David and Travis Wear (possibly to UCLA).
Knox averaged just over six points and three rebounds on Anthony Grant’s first team at Alabama. The Tide finished 17-15 overall and 6-10 in the SEC.
But much like UNC (20-17, 5-11 ACC), the Tide had shooting and scoring problems most of the season.
Knox shot 44 percent, but did have one of his best showings against a very good Purdue defense. The Boilermakers won the game, 66-55, but Knox came off the bench to score 14 points.
In two games against SEC foe Kentucky, he totaled eight points but did have 14 rebounds, 11 in a 73-67 loss during the SEC Tournament.Combined, the Wear brothers averaged 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds. Neither shot better than 43.7 percent on field-goal attempt.
-- Caulton Tudor