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Nation's No. 1 prospect will select a college on Wednesday

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The first domino in what promises to be an unusually eventful spring signing period will fall Wednesday afternoon when Rivals.com's top-ranked prospect selects a college live on national TV.

Point guard Brandon Knight, the No. 2 all-time leading scorer in the history of Florida, will choose among five colleges. Many in recruiting circles expect Knight to become John Wall's heir apparent at Kentucky, but he insists that Kansas, Syracuse, UConn and Florida also remain in consideration.

If Knight does choose Kentucky, it would be a big coup for a Wildcats program that likely will need to replace five NBA-bound underclassmen including first-team All-Americans Wall and DeMarcus Cousins. The ripple effect also would extend to a handful of other elite guard prospects who also remain undecided.

Point guard Josh Selby also is considering Kentucky, but it's unlikely that he'd go to the same program as Knight because both need the ball in their hands. Combo guard Doron Lamb might also have some of the same reservations, though to be fair, Wildcats coach John Calipari did manage to convince Eric Bledsoe to join John Wall last season under similar circumstances.

It's easy to see why Knight would be enamored with Kentucky considering Calipari's track record with elite point guards in recent years. Derrick Rose is an NBA all-star, Tyreke Evans is the favorite for rookie of the year and John Wall is the leading contender to be selected No. 1 in the draft.

Then again, Knight is no lock to be one and done — whether his play next season warrants it or not. The gifted student reportedly has a 4.3 GPA and has yet to receive anything less than an A at Pine Crest High School.

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