March 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan instructs during the second half in the finals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Louisville Cardinals at US Airways Center. The Cardinals defeated the Gators 72-68. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewickel-US PRESSWIRE
Florida was looking to add bulk, depth, and talent to its frontcourt with consensus top-10 recruit Anthony Bennett. But that's not going to happen: According to a report from Scout's Evan Daniels, Bennett has eliminated the Gators and is considering Kentucky, UNLV, and Oregon as his final three schools.
Anthony Bennett has informed Scout that he is down to Oregon, Kentucky and UNLV. He has eliminated Florida from his list.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielscout) May 4, 2012
The decision comes as something of a shock, and not just to Daniels: Bennett was regarded as a 50-50 Florida-Kentucky toss-up by most, with rumors that he was leaning toward the Orange and Blue persistent. Instead, it seems that Bennett, a Canadian who spent his senior year at Findlay Prep in Nevada, may well be the latest high-profile recruit to head to Lexington and Big Blue Nation.
With Bennett seemingly out of the picture — and while crazier things have happened in recruiting than a guy eliminating a school and then choosing it, getting your hopes up would be inadvisable — look for Billy Donovan to pursue South Carolina forward Damontre Harris as a possible transfer and 2013 recruit Bradley Hayes.