'Cats lose another to Gators

It's just not Tubby Smith's recruiting year. The University of Kentucky swung and missed on another four-star basketball recruit. This time, the last remaining big-time prospect left on the board for 2006 in Dan Werner.

Dan Werner, Scout.com's No. 70 prospect from the Class of 2006, had trimmed his list to Florida and Kentucky on Thursday, before making his decision on Saturday morning.

The one-time N.C. State signee who asked out of his letter of intent from the Wolfpack, committed to Florida on Saturday according to sources close to Werner.

"We went to Ocean City as a family, to take some time off," Ron Werner said recently. "He's going to base his decision on a number of things, in addition to basketball."

In what was labeled a "rebuilding year" at the beginning of the season, Werner led CBA to a stellar 27-2 record as a senior. The 6-foot-8 forward was the only returning starter from last year's 26-3 squad, but CBA went on to capture its 14th Shore Conference title and 14th NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public A title under legendary head coach Ed Wicelinski. Werner's tenure at CBA produced a 93-18 record, including a 53-5 mark over the past two seasons.

Werner was named 2006 Associated Press New Jersey State Player of the Year, first-team AP All-State, and the 2006 MSG Network/Daily News Tri-State Player of the Year. The award is given annually to the best basketball player in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

Kentucky was one of four schools that Werner chose from the second-time around; a list that included Pittsburgh, NC State, Rutgers and Notre Dame, in addition to Florida and the Wildcats.

He visited Kentucky in the middle of May. "It was a very nice visit," Ron Werner, father of Dan, said at the time. "They are very nice people and it's a very nice program. It's a beautiful campus. I think Dan liked what he saw and how they treated him."

"Dan liked it," the elder Werner said, "they have top of the line facilities, a great academic situation and a great coach."

Scout.com's Jeff Goodman and Dave Telep contributed to this report

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