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Knight drops a school, discusses recruitment

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Brandon Knight, the top prospect in the class of 2010, has two visits under his belt, is working out a date for another visit and has removed one school from his list.
"The UConn visit went pretty good," Knight told Rivals.com. "Both visits gave me a chance to see the campus and get a better vibe on who the team is recruiting. It's also a chance to get to know more about the coaches and how they treat their players on and off the court."
The next step in the recruiting process for Knight, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound point guard from Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest High School, is to figure out when he will visit Kansas.
"I was supposed to go there for their midnight madness, but that isn't going to work," he said. "I might go there the weekend after the start of practice."
For Knight the visitation process is all about getting a better feel for the coaches, especially the head coach.
"Any program I go to I can be successful there," he said. "I want to go where the coaches respect the players and treat them right but also push them to get better."
Based on the scheduling of his visits, it would appear that Connecticut, Kentucky and Kansas are the frontrunners to gain Knight's signature. Knight, however, put the brakes on that assumption.
"I wouldn't necessarily say that the three schools I'm officially visiting are the leaders," he said. "The Florida schools are close enough where I can do unofficial visits. I'm just knocking at the out of state schools first."
So if Florida and Miami might get unofficial visits, where does that leave Duke and Syracuse?
"Duke is off my list," said Knight. "Syracuse might get an official visit. I don't know right now."
As for now the only limitation on Knight's timeline to committing is that he definitely plans on visiting Kansas before making a decision.
"I'm just not limiting myself to an early or late commitment," he said. "If I find the right fit then I'm going to go ahead and get it over with. I don't want to hold up any of the schools. I want to be respectful to them if I'm not going to go there. Sometimes a no is as good as a yes, so they can do the recruiting they need to do."
Knight, who has been out with a foot injury, is nearly back to 100 percent. This week he began playing at full speed again.
Brandon Knight scouting report:
Knight might not be a freak athlete like the top point guards before him, but he possesses a complete game of an elite nature. His physical strength and tight ball handling get him wherever he needs to be on the court. And his shooting skill and court vision allow him to consistently finish plays. On the other side of the ball he is an elite defender who more than adequately rebounds his position. Top off all of this with high level competitiveness, and you have the top prospect in the country.
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