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Florida Basketball Recruiting: Anthony Bennett Eliminates Florida

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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.

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.