Five-star basketball recruit Kevin Knox announced his college decision Saturday, and Kentucky was the surprise pick.

Knox — a 6-foot-9 small forward from Tampa, Fla. — chose the Wildcats over fellow finalists Duke, Florida State, Missouri and North Carolina.

He was one of the top remaining recruits in the class of 2017, and Kentucky has been pursuing him for more than a year, though it appeared in recent weeks that the Wildcats were unlikely to be his choice.

Duke, North Carolina and Florida State, where Knox’s father was a football standout, were all mentioned as possible favorites in the final days of his recruitment.