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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