As the trip to the Bahamas nears closer, John Calipari is hitting the recruiting trail to work on the class of 2019. At last week’s Peach Jam, Kahlil Whitney broke onto the scene as a legitimate target for the Cats in the 2019-20 season. The 6’6 wing currently plays for Roselle Catholic in New Jersey, which is the same school the Isaiah Briscoe attended.
In an interview with Rivals’ analyst Eric Bossi, Whitney expressed his interest in visiting Kentucky at some point in the coming season. For more on that conversation, click here.
Things have gotten more interesting over the past few days. On Friday, Calipari watched the 5-star prospect in Los Angeles and later that night reportedly offered the New Jersey native. For more on the offer, click here.
That brings us to this morning, where the Kentucky head coach watched Whitney in “The Weekend” tournament in Montclair, New Jersey. Cal, alongside Chris Mack, Tom Crean and others, witnessed Whitney score 26 points in Roselle Catholic’s 21 point win.
A lot of attention has been put on the top-20 player in the class of 2019 by the Cats in the past week. With the reported scholarship being given to him on Friday, Whitney is definitely a player to watch in the coming months.
Currently, 24/7 Sports’ Crystal Ball has him set at 40% Illinois, 40% Kentucky and 20% Georgetown, but Kentucky has the momentum going forward. The interesting part of this recruitment between Illinois and Kentucky could be the Orlando Antigua factor. Can the former Kentucky assistant work his magic and bring him to Illinois or will he make his way to Lexington?
Here is a short video of Whitney from a tournament back in May. One thing I notice is his skill in getting to the basket, something that could pair well with Tyrese Maxey and possibly James Wiseman.