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Kahlil Whitney won’t sign with UK this week, his mom says

Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney won’t sign in the fall signing period, his mother Chanel Tillmon tells KSR.

“It won’t be within the next week but he will be signing in one of the periods,” she said via text.

The next signing period isn’t until April 17 and goes to May 15. But don’t panic. He isn’t having second thoughts or thinking of backing off his commitment, but going to school in New Jersey and his family being in Chicago the plan is to wait to sign until a later date.

And if the family changes their mind he has until Nov. 21 to send his papers to UK.

Signing a national letter of intent is a binding agreement between the player and the school, making their commitment officially official.

Fellow UK commits Dontaie Allen and Tyrese Maxey will sign this week, allowing John Calipari to talk about both publicly. Maxey will sign tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT at his school and Allen will sign on Friday afternoon.

UK has several other offers out in the class of 2019 but as of today there are no set plans for any of those players to sign. It appears that James Wiseman and Vernon Carey Jr. are nearing decisions, but no dates have been set. Oregon’s Bol Bol committed five days after the fall signing period but secretly signed his papers before announcing his decision so Oregon was able to include him as part of the fall class. There’s always a chance that happens.

There’s no date set for Isaiah Stewart or Jaden McDaniels and Matthew Hurt and Keion Brooks appear to be leaning towards announcing in the spring.


Article written by TJ Walker

15 Comments for Kahlil Whitney won’t sign with UK this week, his mom says

  1. versaillescorey
    7:10 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    If he’s committed why wouldn’t he sign his LOI? This doesn’t sound good to me. I’ve seen his Instagram and he’s always repping UK but could the start of the season have him worried who’s coming back?

    • runningunnin.454
      7:41 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

      Doesn’t sound good to me, either. Don’t they just sign them, and fax or mail them in?

    • chris43
      7:42 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

      I wouldn’t think so BUT you truly never know. There really isn’t a reason not to sign if you’re 100% fully committed.

    • ukcamel
      12:28 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      There are so many reasons to not sign, and lots of guys in the past at UK and elsewhere have committed but not signed right away. And honestly if he decided that he didn’t want to go here between now and the spring, it’s the best thing for everyone for him to not come here.

    • ClutchCargo
      12:30 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Why would any top recruit sign a NLOI? It serves only to guarantee a scholarship, which he will most certainly get, and to bind him to going to a particular school. No advantage to the elite recruit at all.

    • JTA
      9:22 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Go ahead ukcamel, read off that long list of recruits, lol.

  2. Truth_Hurts
    7:40 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    I wouldn’t worry about a basketball commit that much. They’re not like football commits and change their mind every 5 minutes.

  3. TJ Walker
    8:22 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    I’d be shocked if Whitney doesn’t play at UK. Really, don’t worry about it. It’s news so I wrote about it but he’ll be a Cat.

    • TonyMontana
      8:53 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

      You realize you just jinxed us?

  4. jim tom
    8:48 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    UK is not the self proclaimed “Roman Empire of college basketball anymore.

  5. Realme
    8:48 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    Sometimes they like to have a ceremony, take pictures etc. I could see why his family would want to be there.

  6. rickat
    9:01 pm November 13, 2018 Permalink

    If my memory is correct Brandon Knight never signed an LOI just a financial aid agreement when he enrolled.

    3:31 am November 14, 2018 Permalink

    Family is in Chicago, he is in New Jersey. Since most signing events feature the athletes family and coaches, maybe the logistics just aren’t jiving during the fall. I wouldn’t sweat it.