There is a new name high atop Kentucky’s basketball recruiting board and the word on the street is Coach Cal and his staff are completely enamored by his game.
Kahlil Whitney is his name and he has played well enough this summer to earn a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky.
A rising Class of 2019 prospect, Whitney is one of only a few small forward targets on UK’s radar. So let’s get to know him as he enters the picture as a legitimate candidate to join Tyrese Maxey in the Cats’ next great crop of incoming talent.
Small Forward| 6-6 | 190 lbs.
Roselle, NJ | Roselle Catholic
AAU: Mac Irvin Fire
|ESPN||No. 14 | 2 SF||Top247||No. 14 | 4 SF|
|Rivals||No. 23 | 3 SF||247 Comp.||No. 19 | 5 SF|
He’s from Chicago, but now plays in New Jersey.
After one season at Solorio Academy in Chicago, in which he averaged almost 30 points per game as a high school freshman, Whitney’s family packed up and moved to New Jersey to put him in a better position for basketball success. He now plays for Roselle Catholic, one of the most dominant programs in the area — and Isaiah Briscoe’s old high school.
He currently holds offers from over 20 schools.
In addition to his Kentucky offer, he holds offers from the likes of Kansas, Louisville, Georgetown, Syracuse, Connecticut, Virginia and Oregon, among many others.
He plans to visit Lexington soon.
According to ESPN, Whitney will visit campus August 3-5.
He once said, “I want to go to Kentucky.”
In an interview with NBC Sports Chicago following his freshman season, Whitney said, “I want to go to Kentucky. I hope to get an offer from them if I blow up.”
“I like Coach Calipari,” he explained. “He’s a great coach. You can display your talent at the highest level and I just love the atmosphere there for games.”
John Calipari “absolutely loves” him.
According to the well-connected Adam Zagoria, Coach Cal “absolutely loves” Whitney right now.
Cal was in attendance to watch him play this past weekend.
— NJ Basketball (@NJHoopRecruit) July 23, 2018
He is looking for a coach that believes in him.
What will be a major factor in his recruitment? He told NJHoopRecruit.com, “A school that plays a style of play that I like and a coach that has the best interests in mind for me always. I’m not caught up in the hype of a school, I need a coach that believes in me and will help me grow.
His father was a star at Seton Hall.
His dad, Kelly Whitney, was a consensus First Team All-Metropolitan player in 2004 and 2006 for the Pirates. He is also one of the all-time leading scorers in Seton Hall history.
Watch him work: