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 Rivals.com.
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.