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2019 five-star commitment Kahlil Whitney officially signs with Kentucky

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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.

Photo: Adam Zagoria

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.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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7 Comments for 2019 five-star commitment Kahlil Whitney officially signs with Kentucky

  1. Not Dan Issel
    5:59 pm May 3, 2019 Permalink

    You are officially welcomed to the BBN.

  2. Jesus H. Chrysler
    6:03 pm May 3, 2019 Permalink

    The Dragon cometh to Lexington

  3. addyjaxlarkin
    6:14 pm May 3, 2019 Permalink

    Really interested to see him take the floor at the college level. I feel like he didn’t get enough opportunity in the recent HS all-star games to show his true talent. It’s very exciting to have a kid coming in with his upside and versatility. A friend of mine really thinks his skills are tailored for the transition game and I can definitely see where he is coming from. I hope this year we can get up and Down a lot more and play faster.

  4. tiffincatfan79
    6:41 pm May 3, 2019 Permalink

    Reminds me a lot of Hami with his explosiveness and athleticism. His shooting form looks much better though and looks to have the potential to be a decent outside shooter with work.

  5. ScottGreene22
    6:56 pm May 3, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome bring home 9

  6. Corder
    7:02 pm May 3, 2019 Permalink

    Reminds me a lot of MKG but with a better shooting motion. Doesn’t look like he’s scared to drive it straight in and although it’s highschool seems to finish with ease around the rim. His length could give teams problems on the defensive side for sure.

  7. RAGE
    8:55 pm May 3, 2019 Permalink

    I believe that with the players we have returning and also the freshmen class we have coming in that we will have to play faster!!! I think also I read that Cal was wanting to get back to the dribble drive system he ran when he was at Memphis his last season or two he was there… If we get Jaden McDaniels I think the players we have next year will def be capable of doing just that