According to’s Dave Telep, Florida has taken itself out of the running to recruit star Fort Lauderdale-area 2010 point guard Brandon Knight.

Knight and UF freshman Kenny Boynton were AAU backcourt teammates for Team Breakdown. But apparently, that connection wasn’t enough to convince Knight to come to Gainesville next season. Florida’s two recent national championships and playing under UF coach Billy Donovan weren’t enough to sway Knight as well.

Knight won his second straight Gatorade National High School Player of the Year on Tuesday,  joining a short list of two-time winners that includes only LeBron James and Greg Oden.

Florida dropping out could signal that Kentucky is in the lead for Knight’s services. But Knight, who said he plans to announce his decision on television in April, is still contemplating Syracuse, Connecticut and Kansas as well.

The 6-foot-3 Knight is not as athletic as current Kentucky point guard John Wall, but is a smooth ballhandler and passer and a better 3-point shooter.

With Knight off UF’s list, the Gators will likely turn their attention to 6-foot-1, 210-pound Ray McCallum, a Detroit area standout point guard. But McCallum could end up playing for his father at Detroit Mercy. McCallum, the 15th ranked point guard in the Class of 2010, also is being pursued heavily by Arizona.

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