Elite 2010 prospect Brandon Knight official stance is that he is wide open in his recruitment, but don't think that he won't be looking closely at how his travel team backcourt mate Kenny Boynton feels about his decision to sign with the Florida Gators.
"Kenny going to Florida does have an affect on me," said Knight, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound point guard from Coral Springs (Fla.) Pine Crest High School. "We've played the last two summers together and have been very successful. If I went to Florida, I'm sure we could have the same type of success playing together again. I'll just have to see how he likes it there."
Along with Florida, another school prominently mention in Knight's recruitment is Duke. Knight, however, termed the speculation that it is a Florida/Duke fight for him as "very inaccurate."
"I'm still just wide open," he said. "I will probably start narrowing things down after next summer."
Despite his reluctance to formulate a school list, Knight did list UConn, Syracuse, Miami, Duke, Georgia Tech and Florida as the schools pursuing him the hardest.
When it comes time for Knight to make a decision, academics will be a component in the process, but preparing to play in the NBA will likely rank higher.
"The coaches are primarily talking to my parents right now, but ultimately it will be my decision," he said. "Education is important to us. And I want to go somewhere where nothing is just given to me. I want to work and earn everything I get.
"I would like to get to the NBA as soon as I can, so that is something I'll be looking at. I want to go to a program that does a good job preparing players for the next level."
After dealing with back surgery last high school season, Knight is excited about his health and conditioning going into his junior season.
"I'm getting stronger and more explosive," he said. "I'm in the best shape I've been in going into the season. As a freshman, I wasn't really prepared. Then as a sophomore I had to have surgery. This year I'm excited because I feel great."
Knight is the No. 1 ranked point guard and No. 2 ranked overall prospect in the class of 2010.
Brandon Knight scouting report:
Knight simply has everything you look for in a point guard. He has a great feel for distributing the ball and has the ability to score from all three levels. Defensively, he is solid, and he rebounds his position well. As he develops his physical strength, Knight is adding more explosiveness to go along with his length.