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Brandon Knight’s parents would like him to attend Kentucky while Knight himself is more inclined to stay local, multiple sources close to the situation said.
“The parents like UK. Brandon likes the idea of staying local, but he’s definitely not opposed to going away,” one source said.
A second source with direct knowledge of the situation went so far as to say Knight’s parents had already made up their mind in favor of Kentucky.
“You’re right,” the source said. “Do I think they made up their mind already? Yes, I do. It’s hard for me to believe they’ll stay locally.”
Added the first source: “Kentucky is probably where he ends up.”
The 6-3, 185-pound Knight is now considering Kentucky, Kansas, Florida, UConn and Syracuse. Miami is now out.
“I’m pretty ready,” Knight told Gainesville.com on Tuesday. “I’m not bothered or anything. I want to make a decision.
“It’s my future.”
The first source said Knight’s parents liked Kentucky coach John Calipari’s “no-nonsense” style and his track record of sending players to the pros.
“They are going program and where he can be an impact player with the ball in hand, and get better to play in the NBA,” the source said.
6-9 power forward Patric Young of Jacksonville has committed to Florida and could try to sway Knight when the two play together in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore.
“He would mean a great deal to Florida,” Young told Gainesville.com. “He’s a great player who would make a big difference as a freshman. He’s a gym rat who loves the game and always works to get better. He’s also going to be great in the pros.
“I’ve been trying a little bit [to convince Knight to be a Gator], but I don’t push. He’s got to do what he wants to do.”
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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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