Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Justin Knox is no dummy.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward plans to graduate from Alabama this summer and enroll at North Carolina as a graduate student.

Then he plans to play hoops for the Tar Heels.

Knox, who has played three seasons for the Crimson Tide is eligible for the NCAA's graduate student waiver program (whatever that is – but we think it’s the same program that let Duke grad Greg Paulus play football for one year at Syracuse), and he should be eligible to play for the Tar Heels immediately if he chooses a degree program that Alabama does not offer.

Knox averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 19.8 minutes a game last season for Alabama but decided to transfer in part because he didn't feel like he was fitting into the system after coach Anthony Grant's first season.

In addition to providing a big, physical presence, Knox has a chance to be an asset to the program in the classroom. He was chosen the Southeastern Conference men's basketball scholar-athlete of the year as a sophomore.

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