LAKELAND — The Class 4A semifinal between Tampa Catholic and Orlando Lake Highland Prep on Thursday at the FHSAA boys basketball state finals featured two players – one for each team – who have brothers playing in the NBA and who previously played in the FHSAA state tournament.
For Tampa Catholic, 6-foot-5 senior guard Kobe Knox is the younger brother of Kevin Knox, a 6-7 forward for the New York Knicks. Kevin Knox led Tampa Catholic to a runner-up finish in 2017, scoring 40 points in a semifinal win over The Villages Charter. Tampa Catholic lost to Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian in the Class 5A championship game.
For Lake Highland Prep, Jared Berry is the younger brother of former North Carolina All-American guard Joel Berry, who currently plays for the Greensboro Swarm in the NBA’s G League. The Swarm is an affiliate of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.
Joel Berry led Lake Highland Prep to back-to-back Class 4A state titles in 2013 and 2014, and was the point guard and a third-team All-American on North Carolina’s 2017 NCAA championship team.
And Well-Known Dads
There were also three players in the Tampa Catholic-Lake Highland Prep game whose dads are (or were) professional athletes.
Tampa Catholic’s Marcellus Crutchfield is the son of former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and current Carolina Panther defensive lineman Gerald McCoy.
And Lake Highland Prep brothers Miles and Sean Stewart are the sons of former NBA player Michael Stewart, who played eight seasons in the NBA (1997-2005) with five different teams.