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Knight Takes Final Visit to Miami; Wroten Has Top 5; Three Jersey Schools in Top 10
Brandon Knight took his final official visit to Miami this weekend and the nation’s No. 1 prospect is set to decide this spring.
“There’s a lot of pressure on him [to go there] because it’s in Florida,” one source close to the situation said.
Knight, who did not immediately return a phone message, lists Kentucky, Kansas, Florida, Miami and UConn among his possible destinations.
“Those schools are still in the mix,” Knight recently told Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier Journal. “They’re still pretty even.”
Another source said he believes Knight will ultimately land at Kentucky, the new No. 1 team in the nation, following John Wall to play for John Calipari.
Calipari was on hand last Monday when Knight dropped 39 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists as Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest downed Cincinnati Jefferson, 68-61, in Dayton.
“From what I heard Kentucky’s probably going to get Brandon Knight,” a second source said. “He’s going to go visit Miami and then commit to Kentucky after the visit.”
Three other elite guards — Josh Selby, Cory Joseph and Doron Lamb — are also uncommitted.
Multiple sources said Selby, a 6-3 guard out of Lake Baltimore (Md.) Clifton, will choose either Kansas or Arizona.
The 6-4 Joseph lists five schools but is expected to land at UConn, Villanova or Texas, where two fellow Canadians, teammate Tristan Thompson of Findlay Prep and Myck Kabongo of St. Benedict’s, have committed.
Oak Hill’s Lamb has cut his list to Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona and West Virginia.
Should Knight land at Kentucky, Lamb could opt to go elsewhere.
Arizona would like to land both Selby and Lamb.
UConn could need a replacement for Kemba Walker, should he leave for the NBA.
WROTEN HAS TOP 5
Seattle Garfield junior G Tony Wroten has a new Top 5, per his Twitter feed.
“OHHH BOY. a new team has made it to my top 5. 1. syracuse 2. villanova 3. UCONN 4.Tenneesee 5. washington. PS. oregon as dropped in my list.”
THREE JERSEY SCHOOLS IN TOP 10PrepNation.com has its latest poll out and three of the Top 10 programs are from North Jersey — No. 5 St. Patrick, No. 6 St. Benedict’s and No. 9 Paterson Catholic.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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