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Fresh off a Wednesday workout for some of the top schools in the nation at Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest, Brandon Knight is headed to UConn this weekend for his second official visit.
“They’re going to Connecticut this weekend,” said Pine Crest coach Dave Beckerman, referring to Knight’s family.
UConn head coach Jim Calhoun will be busy this week since he’s also visiting with Tobias Harris tonight (Thursday) in Harris’ Long Island home.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Knight is the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2010. He visited Kentucky last weekend, and Beckerman said he believed Knight was planning to go to Kansas Oct. 16 for “Late Night in the Phog.”
Knight’s list includes Kentucky, UConn, Kansas, Syracuse, Miami and Florida.
Asked if there was a favorite, Beckerman said: “I think he’s open. I don’t think there is any favorite at this point.”
On Wednesday, Calhoun, Miami coach Frank Haith, Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine, and Kansas assistant Joe Dooley were on hand, as was Yale head coach James Jones and UMass-Lowell coach Greg Herenda.
Kansas head coach Bill Self was originally going to come but was delayed because of the incidents on campus, Beckerman said.
Knight is still recovering from a stress fracture and participated in a limited workout.
“Brandon was there,” Beckerman said. “He did a few drills, did some layups, ran up and down. He had just gotten cleared the day before. He’s OK to play.”
Knight has had home visits from UConn, Kentucky, Florida, Kansas and Syracuse.
Yale’s Jones is hanging in there because Knight is qualified to go to the Ivy League school and he hopes he has a shot.
“Yale is very smart,” Beckerman said. “James Jones understands this could be a long shot but the kid is qualified to go to Yale.”
As for Herenda, Beckerman said he had a prior relationship with Knight.
Beckerman reiterated that Knight may not decide on a school until the late signing period in the spring.
“They were going to consider a variety of different issues and some of those issues they couldn’t decide,” he said.
“He wanted to know how the teams are doing this season, who the recruits were, all the natural things that a young student-athlete would look at.
He added: “This is a decision Brandon’s going to have to make on his own.”
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