BBD RECRUITING: Rashad Anderson update

Florida sharpshooter Rashad Anderson is closing in on a college choice...

Kentucky may be fading in the chase for one of its top wing prospects this recruiting season.

Rashad Anderson, a 6-foot-4 sharpshooter from Lakeland, Fla., thinks he's close to settling on a college choice after a terrific visit to UConn this past weekend.

"I'm not really ready to say that, but that's what I'm leaning toward," he said. "I'm still thinking about some other visits, although there's no way anybody could get me back on a plane right now."

Anderson's return trip through the greater New York area came just two days before the terrorist attacks that have riveted the nation. Still shaken by the event, he's not sure when he'll make official visits to the other schools on his final list, including Kentucky, Alabama, Auburn and St. John's.

"I like all those schools a lot, especially Alabama and Kentucky," he said. "But I just don't know what I'll do at this point. It would be hard to beat UConn. They were all basketball up there, even here in the middle of football season. That's all everybody was talking about.

"Plus, could you imagine me at the '2' and Denham Brown at the '3'? Oh man!"

Brown, ranked No. 53 overall on TheInsiders 101 and widely regarded as the top player coming out of Canada for 2002, recently committed to the Huskies.

Anderson is ranked No. 27 on TheInsiders 101 and is considered one of the Top 5 wing players in the country. He averaged 22 points and seven rebounds as a junior for Kathleen High School.

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