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New 2019 UK target plans to visit

Photo: Jon Lopez / Nike

(Photo: Jon Lopez / Nike)

Days ago many UK fans maybe had never heard of Kahlil Whitney, the new 6-foot-6, 185-pound Kentucky target from Roselle Catholic in New Jersey (the same place Isaiah Briscoe played), but now Whitney is talking about visiting UK’s campus.

The No. 23 ranked player in the Rivals150 (No. 18 in 247 Sports) spoke with Rivals’ National Recruiting Analyst Eric Bossi. Whitney didn’t debate whether he would or would not check out Lexington, but instead if it would be an official or unofficial visit.

“I talked to coach (John) Calipari once and he talked to my family and I have talked to them about it. He said that he would love to have me on campus. I don’t know when I want to take an official or an unofficial, I’m not sure. But, I’ll be talking to my parents about that.”

You can read Bossi’ entire update HERE, but it seems like the reputation of Kentucky alone has Whitney interested. Sometimes it can be tough for UK to make ground on a five-star that has been being recruited by other players for years, but Whitney seems interested to hear what UK has to say and wants to check out Kentucky’s campus.

Whitney averaged 21.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game on the Nike EYBL circuit.

What this tells me is that UK is possibly casting a wider net at the wing position for 2019. The Cats have only offered Keion Brooks at that position in 2019, but Kentucky just invited Dontaie Allen back for another unofficial visit and are actively pursuing Whitney.

KSR posted on the Monday Insider Notes that Brooks may prefer other schools over Kentucky, so perhaps UK is seeing the writing on the wall or maybe the Cats weren’t blown away by Brooks’ performance at Peach Jam. Whatever the reason, UK has new options.

I expect Allen to get an offer when he visits UK and we may need to be on “offer watch” with Whitney.

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Article written by TJ Walker