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Five-star recruit to announce college choice on Friday


Joshua C. Cruey/Orlando Sentinel

Antonio Blakeney will be announcing where he will play his college ball on Friday.

“I have done my research taken my visits and I am ready to get it over with,” Blakeney told He will be choosing between Kentucky, LSU and Missouri.

All three of Blakeney’s finalists are Nike schools, which is significant. The five-star combo-guard was committed to Louisville earlier this year, but he backed out of that commitment after 11 days amid speculation that shoe companies had made the decision for him. Blakeney has been a Nike kid throughout his high school career. Louisville is an adidas school.

Blakeney would be a significant addition for any of the three programs, although it would be a massive recruiting coup for either Missouri or LSU, programs that desperately need that kind of talent infusion. Ben Simmons, who played on the same AAU team as Blakeney, is currently committed to LSU.

Blakeney is the No. 13 prospect in the class, according to Rivals. He’s a big-time athlete and volume scorer at the lead-guard spot, but he’s a streaky shooter at this point in his career.