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The buyout of Bob Huggins is already having an effect on the Bearcats recruiting. Jason Bennett, a 7-footer considered a top-10 center prospect, was going to attend UC because of Huggins. Those plans, however, ahev changed.
"They now have no interest in Cincinnati," Bennett's high school coach Rex Morgan told the Cincinnati Enquirer of Bennett and his family. "He was going there because of Huggins. Now, with the way Cincinnati handled everything, I hope no one goes there."
Even O.J. Mayo, considered the top junior prospect in all of high school basketball, said the move hurt the Bearcats' chances.
"I'll still consider them on the top five of my list," Mayo told the paper. "But it would make it a little more difficult for me to choose UC, because you'd have a new coach and new relationship, whereas me and Coach Huggins have had a relationship since seventh grade."
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