The UCF Knights men’s basketball team signed two players for the Class of 2024 during the early signing period earlier this week.
This is the first official recruiting class as a Big 12 member for the Knights, who joined the league in July. They are one of four new schools to the Big 12, along with BYU, Cincinnati and Houston.
Four more schools — Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah — join the Big 12 next July, while Oklahoma and Texas depart for the SEC.
The Knights signed a pair of guards — K.J. Greene and Cameron Simpson, the latter of which is a local recruit.
Greene, a 6-foot-2 guard, is one of the most significant signings in UCF history, as he’s ranked a four-star recruit and the third-highest recruit in Knights history in the 247Sports.com era. ESPN ranked him as high as No. 74 in the country.
The Blythewood, S.C., product will play his senior year at Pace Academy in Atlanta. He’s coming off a 2022-23 in which he averaged 11.6 points, 6.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game while leading his team to a state championship and his selection to the Georgia High School Association all-state team.
Simpson, a 6-foot-7 guard, is a product of Oak Ridge High School in Orlando. He averaged 12.8 points per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the 3-point line. Two current Knights — C.J. Walker and Antwann Jones — also went to Oak Ridge.
The Knights won their season-opener on Monday, beating FIU, 85-62. The Knights are preparing for perhaps their biggest game of the non-conference slate on Friday with a trip to Coral Gables, Fla., to face Miami (FL), which reached last season’s Final Four.