Florida Signee is New UK Target?

The University of Florida is having trouble getting Scout.com four-star shooting guard Doneal Mack in school for the fall. Their loss, could be UK's gain according to published reports. Can the Wildcats fall into bed with another fall-through signee?

Always one to cause a stir, CBS Sportsline's Gregg Doyel has managed to do it one more time.

Only this time, it's music to Wildcat fans ears.

According to a published report that surfaced on CBS Sportsline.com, the Wildcats could possibly be in the running for 6-foot-5 Doneal Mack, a 2006 University of Florida signee.

"Sources all over Nike Camp say Florida recruit Doneal Mack, the only guard in the Gators' incoming freshman class, is about to become a free agent because of an eligibility hang-up that won't allow him to play for the Gators," Doyel wrote, "but will allow him to play elsewhere in Division I this season."

"The reason has something to do with his standardized test score," he added.

According to Doyel and his "sources," the Wildcats have presumably already let Doneal Mack know that they have a spot open for him, should he choose to open the process again.

"Kentucky already has let Mack's people know that he has a scholarship if he wants to become a Wildcat," Doyel stated in the report. "Oklahoma State also is in the hunt for Mack, a 6-foot-5 lefty with athletic ability and shooting range."

The Charlotte (NC) Statesville Christian native averaged 21 points a game this past year. The 2006 graduate climbed from a relatively unknown three-star recruit to the 19th ranked shooting guard in the country in the final rankings released by Scout.com.

Mack chose the national champion Gators over Virginia Tech in the early signing period. The then three-star recruit scored 41 points on the same day that he signed his letter-of-intent to the University of Florida.

The news of Mack is coincidental to say the least and would be bitter-sweet for UK coach Tubby Smith and his staff.

Just weeks ago, the Gators defeated Smith and company in landing New Jersey player of the year, Dan Werner. After the Wildcats wined and dined the star 4-star forward, Werner took his final visit to Gainesville, which led him to commit to Donovan and the defending champions.

Werner, a former NC State signee, chose between the two SEC powers before making a final decision.


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