This doesn’t come as a shock, but former Kentucky forward Kahlil Whitney confirmed he is entering the 2020 NBA Draft in lieu of transferring to a different school. Whitney shared the news with ESPN’s Jonathan Givony this afternoon.
“I have decided to declare for the 2020 NBA draft. I truly believe in my development and grind. I want to thank my coaches, fans, trainers and family for ongoing support. My journey will be inspiring to kids and athletes all over the globe. #provethemwrong”
Let’s Do It?? pic.twitter.com/nIfHZ9lD1w
— Kahlil The Dragon Whitney (@KahlilWhitney) April 10, 2020
Whitney left Kentucky in late January after averaging only 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game. He came to Lexington as a top 15 recruit and told Givony he hopes he can show teams his potential. Earlier today, a report came out that NBA teams are pushing for the draft to be delayed until August so the combine can be held and they can interview prospects in person and host private workouts.
“During the pre-draft process I’m hoping to show every NBA team what so many others know I’m already capable of,” Whitney told ESPN. “These past few months, I’ve been really focused on my individual development and refining many of my skills: tightening up my shot mechanics, ball handling, pick and roll reads, passing, and understanding NBA terminology.
“I really want to show that I can do everything, that I’m an extremely hard worker and I embrace the grind.”
Best of luck to Whitney in his next chapter.