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2020 five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler planning on fall decision

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We will likely know where 2021 five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler will be playing college basketball before the year is over.

In an interview with UK beat writer Larry Vaught, Chandler’s father, Kylan Chandler, said his son is hoping to get his decision over with prior to his senior season.

“He’s not going to wait his whole senior year to make a decision. He’ll make it this fall, like maybe November,” Chandler told Vaught. “He wants to make a couple of visits when he can. After that he wants to make a decision. He doesn’t want to go his whole senior year worrying about where’s going to school.”

After cutting his list down to five schools – Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, and Tennessee are the finalists – Rivals’ No. 10 overall prospect and No. 1 point guard is looking to choose as school that he can come in and compete right away.

“He knows any school he picks that he has to go in and compete. He doesn’t want anyone to promise him this or that,” Chandler said, adding that he specifically wants to play somewhere that plays fast on offense and aggressively on defense. “He is ready to go at full pace and do what he needs to compete and hopefully start his freshman year. That’s why it (his college choice) is all about the right fit.”

As for Kentucky specifically, Chandler told Vaught that John Calipari and the UK coaching staff simply knows how to develop players and get them ready for the next level.

“Great staff, Calipari produces players who get to the next level, style of play is something I really like,” the five-star prospect’s father said. “He lets his guards play. He plays with three guards most of the time. It’s just a great school and they have been recruiting him a long time. … A lot of Kentucky fans follow Kennedy (on social media) and they are always commenting about him coming to Kentucky.”

Back in March, Chandler himself joined KSR’s Sources Say Podcast to discuss his interest in the Kentucky program and his unofficial visit to Lexington this past season where he met former UK star John Wall.

“I had a great time when I went down there. It was my second time for me going [to Lexington], I went last year when Kentucky played Tennessee. Me going again, I just had a really fun time down there and it was a great game,” Chandler told KSR. “They feel like I’m a good fit in a solid program. They feel the way they play is the style of basketball I play.”

As for his conversation with Wall, Chandler said the former Wildcat gave him some solid advice on what it would take to play at a school like Kentucky.

“Yeah, I met with him as soon as I got to [Rupp Arena] before the game started,” Chandler said. “He just told me about the program, John Calipari, and how you have to fight for your position at Kentucky. There are no guaranteed positions. You go hard in practice and you’re going to get better every day in practice. He just told me that Kentucky is a school I should be at [when I make a decision].”

Chandler is rated as the No. 10 overall prospect and No. 1 point guard in Rivals’ 2021 recruiting rankings, along with No. 12 overall and No. 1 at his position in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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11 Comments for 2020 five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler planning on fall decision

  1. UKLugo
    10:04 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    This kid reminds me a bit of Kyrie Irving. I dont know that he’ll be as good as Kyrie, but their games favor each other.

  2. chris43
    10:58 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    He’ll play at Puke.

    • 4everUKBlue
      11:33 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

      If K wants him, he’ll pay for him and nothing will be done even if he pays him in front of Emmert.

  3. MississippiBlue
    11:46 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    A bit small for a Cal PG, but he’s a knock down shooter off the bounce from mid and three. Also, seems to be a more than willing passer. Additionally, adept at moving without the ball. It’s hard to dislike a teammate that’s always moving especially when most other guards are to busy dominating the ball.

    12:09 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

    Sounds like everything is lining up and screaming “PICK UK”. First, Chandler gets the ball rolling, then I honestly think Paolo follows, with Hardy and Huntley-Hatfield reclassifying and committing as well. Just would need a center (like always), but could be a top class if we can grab the top kids again

    • MississippiBlue
      1:11 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

      I wonder if Cal is recruiting Huntley-Hartsfield as a 4 or a 3. He appears to have grown to 6’10 230ish. If that’s the case I don’t know if he’ll be able to stick on the perimeter. With that being said would him and Pablo play together at the 4/5? I’d love it, but I’m not sure Cal could sell that.

      2:59 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah I saw he grown, but I think he could still move well on the perimeter to play a 3. But the advantages he could have at the 4 could make him better at the 4 and same could be said about Paolo at the 5..but your right, idk if Cal can sell that, unless he uses the position less pitch and have the do spot up posts, 4 out, 1 in or 5 out with DD motion offense and high screen and rolls exploiting advantages on bad switches with isolation. It could work but I just hope we can get the top players in this class bc we’re going to need it

  5. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:43 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

    Why bother? He’s going to Duke, where he can possibly win a championship. That can’t happen here.

    • _lilman_
      9:52 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

      Yea Duke has won so many titles in the last 11 yrs

    • 4everUKBlue
      11:31 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah K had what ZSPN called the greatest recruiting class of all time and the greatest recruit of all time and it took the refs to help them get past UCF. So you were saying Cahill?

    • wildcats8
      12:12 pm June 23, 2020 Permalink

      Go be a duke fan then