After nine long months of remaining committed to the Kentucky basketball program, five-star forward Kahlil Whitney can now finally say that he is officially a Wildcat.
At a ceremony at his former school, the 6-foot-7 prospect signed his National Letter of Intent, making him an official member of Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class.
“I chose Kentucky because it was my dream school,” Whitney said in a statement. “I feel that Coach Cal can coach, motivate and get the maximum potential on and off the court out of me.”
Whitney joins Tyrese Maxey, Keion Brooks Jr., Dontaie Allen, and Nate Sestina as signed 2019 prospects for Kentucky.
UK head coach John Calipari said that while it was tough to wait months before being able to comment on the five-star forward out of Roselle, NJ, he’s thrilled that Whitney was able to do it in a setting he’s happy with back where it all started for him in Chicago.
“I’ve been waiting to talk about Kahlil for a long time but I know how much it meant to him to do this signing back where it all started for him,” Calipari said. “I’m proud of how he was able to take something that was about him and use it for the good of others in his community.”
In terms of Whitney’s on-court talent, Calipari said that he believes his newest signee can be a true different-maker on both ends of the flloor.
“As far as Kahlil is on the basketball court, he’s long and athletic,” Calipari said. “He’s in the same mold of some of the best players we’ve had here in that he has the athleticism to impact the game offensively, yet I believe he can be a difference maker defensively. He’s an elite finisher at the rim with the ability to put the ball on the floor and drive it. Khalil, who is originally from Chicago, has watched this program since Anthony Davis won a title with us and has wanted to be a part of this program for a while. I believe he’s only scratched the surface of how good he can be and I can’t wait to get to work with him.”
Last week, Whitney, nicknamed “The Dragon,” was featured in an hour-long documentary on how the newest Wildcat became the person and player he is today.
If you missed it, take a look here:
You can also see Whitney’s senior highlight tape below:
Welcome to the family, Kahlil.