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Kahlil Whitney turning heads at Nike Skills Academy

The Kentucky basketball players are technically “home” from the summer, but the grind doesn’t stop.

To close out the month of July, UK guards Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey traveled to Winston-Salem, NC to compete against some of the best college players in the nation at the Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp.

And according to early reports, Maxey separated himself from the pack on day one of competition.

“Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey has separated himself early at the CP3 Elite Guard Camp with his ability to make shots,” Jamie Shaw of Phenom Hoops said in a tweet. “Strong frame, quick first step, but the jump shot is falling at a high clip.

Hagans also represented his home state of Georgia and the Kentucky basketball program well.

This weekend, Kentucky freshman Kahlil Whitney traveled to California to participate in the Nike Skills Academy against some of the nation’s top college players, along with several elite high school prospects.

Out of 56 total participants, Whitney separated himself from the competition.

“Thought the two best incoming freshmen in attendance during yesterday’s scrimmage portion were Cole Anthony and Kahlil Whitney,” Sam Vecenie of The Athletic said in a tweet.

The official Twitter account of Mac Irvin Fire, Whitney’s old AAU program, also tweeted out high praise for the 6-foot-7 forward.

“Kentucky’s Kahlil Whitney has been balling at the Nike Camp against the college players and pros,” they wrote. “He’s scoring whenever he wants. His pull-up game has been unstoppable.”

Outside of Whitney at the college level, 2020 Kentucky commitment BJ Boston is also in attendance, along with several other major UK recruiting targets.

Some of them? Jalen Green, Josh Christopher, Isaiah Todd, N’Faly Dante, Paolo Banchero, Terrence Clarke, Jonathan Kuminga, and Devin Askew, among others.

Sounds to me like an opportunity for Whitney to recruit Dante to reclassify and play with him this upcoming season, while Boston is almost certainly recruiting some of the other big-name prospects, namely Green and Christopher, to join him in Lexington next season.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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8 Comments for Kahlil Whitney turning heads at Nike Skills Academy

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    2:45 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

    If they can score like that in the tourney we have the D to make a run.

  2. Cokely53
    2:52 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

    Was really hoping this article would have video. To me Whitney is a big question mark for this team. Not a lot has been said about him. It’s great seeing him get some high praise. For us to be special I think we need one of he and brooks to be great.

    • Jack Pilgrim
      4:11 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

      No video has been released yet, will update the post if it comes out. I completely agree, extremely important piece for Kentucky this year.

  3. CrystalBall
    5:03 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

    Whitney will have a much larger impact, and be more important than Brooks. According to my CrystalBallz.

  4. IrishCat
    5:12 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

    I love hearing that Kahlil is making a living w/ pull up jumpers. There are a lot of points to be scored in the midrange, especially for an athlete who attacks the rim.

  5. dcforuk
    8:01 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

    IMO This dude is the key to the season! If he can be a bulldog in the same way that MKG was, then perhaps it can be a special season….

  6. CrystalBall
    10:53 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

    The biggest key to the Cat’s success will be the play of E.J.Montgomery.

  7. dcforuk
    8:05 am August 10, 2019 Permalink

    Right or wrong, true or false, I am assuming that EJ DOES have that break through season. But, you are right, if he DOES not, it does not matter how good Khalil is. But, if he does (as I am assuming) then Khalil is the key – if he can be like an MKG glue-like bulldog with an uber-talented EJ/Ashton/Tyrese, then wow…….