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Five-star guard Kennedy Chandler commits to Tennessee

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One of Kentucky’s top point guard targets is off the board.

This afternoon, 2021 five-star guard Kennedy Chandler announced his commitment to Tennessee, choosing the Volunteers over Duke, Kentucky, Memphis and North Carolina.

Heading into the home stretch of his recruitment, Tennessee established itself as the overwhelming favorite, with the Volunteers picking up all nine picks on his Crystal Ball at 247Sports and all 14 picks on his FutureCast at

Chandler, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound point guard out of Memphis, TN, is seen as a consensus top-20 prospect in the class of 2021. The five-star guard is ranked as high as No. 10 overall in the Rivals player rankings and comes in at No. 11 overall in the 247Sports Composite rankings.

The new Tennessee commit was the lone point guard in the class of 2021 with a Kentucky offer. Now, UK will turn its attention to five-star junior Hunter Sallis, along with 2022 five-star guards Skyy Clark and Jaden Bradley as potential reclass options.

Outside of point and combo guards, Kentucky has also extended offers to five-star juniors Jaden Hardy, Patrick Baldwin Jr., and Paolo Banchero, along with 2022 five-star forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, who is also considering a jump to 2021.

With limited evaluation opportunities for high school prospects this year, Kentucky is also expected to explore the transfer ranks if/when the NCAA passes the one-year immediate transfer rule for the 2021-22 season, as expected.

No matter which route the UK coaching staff takes moving forward, their plans won’t include Kennedy Chandler.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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19 Comments for Five-star guard Kennedy Chandler commits to Tennessee

  1. Megan
    1:33 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

    Penny couldn’t keep a highly-ranked Memphis player in Memphis? Lost him to Knoxville? Ouch.

  2. ClutchCargo
    1:51 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

    Kinda what I’m thinking. I’m glad he’s at least getting out of Memphis and away from Penny, he gets to play for a good coach and person, and the SEC talent pool increases. Lots of positives there.

  3. Newtype
    1:55 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

    Target is a strong word isn’t it? This dude was a lock to wear that ugly ass orange.

  4. Wildfelinebeeline
    2:00 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

    Would rather him pick UT than Memphis or Duke. Makes for better competition for us too!

    • middlesborocat
      2:11 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Really? Cal has a losing record vs. Barnes at UT. Now he’s losing recruiting battles against him? Yeah we want them to be better ?

    • Corder
      2:27 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      We want the SEC as a whole to be better. So yes we would rather the best recruits stay in the SEC. Why do fans want to play the weakest of teams is something I will never understand. We don’t want to be like UofL and play weak teams all year in football and have a over inflated record and prove nothing by the end of the year.

    • middlesborocat
      2:42 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Remember that theory when UT beats us twice this season

    • Newtype
      2:58 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Middlesboro must be for wusses. And who cares how good the rest of the league is? It’s never mattered in the past for UK.

    • middlesborocat
      4:19 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t judge me because of Matt Jones.

    • peaches76
      4:37 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Good answer!! Wonder if we had a shot and lost it due to KP leaving?

    • Newtype
      5:47 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink


    • SuperTroy18
      4:39 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Middlesborocat, how did possible no. 1 pick Anthony Edwards do against our boys last season? Your logic is flawed. Just because they got a stud, doesn’t mean it will lead to wins. Vols are better than UGA was, but that still won’t mean a thing when he comes in to Rupp that first time. Knoxville is always tough, no matter who they have. Still…they return a bunch of solid guys…that we beat in Knoxville last year anyway.

    • Wildfelinebeeline
      4:41 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Really wah wah wah! We gonna lose wah wah wah! Quit whining and get some positive thoughts in your life!

    • runningunnin.454
      4:04 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t bet on it Middle; if we get Sarr, he’ll take Fulkerson to school.

  5. CahillsCrossingNT
    4:41 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

    Now Tennessee totally owns Calipari. I expect the series to be even less competitive now, just like in football.

    • damage_control
      6:53 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Nice troll attempt, but UK fans are nowhere near as sensitive as UT cry babies.

  6. Bluehender
    4:49 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

    Even though we have some knuckleheads and losers on here, it’s good to be talking sports and not politics. Go Cats..if we have Sarr, we will spank Tennessee. Assuming and praying we get to play..

  7. damage_control
    6:51 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

    Look at dudes mug. Was there ever any doubt?

  8. bbn606
    9:29 am August 15, 2020 Permalink

    Tennessee keeps eating our lunch. I wish we could own them like we own Louisville.