All signs are pointing toward five-star small forward Kahlil Whitney picking Kentucky.
The 6-6 wing was offered by UK on July 20. Since then, his crystal ball has changed drastically, as Kentucky now has 78 percent of the nine predictions.
That includes a pick for UK from national recruiting expert Evan Daniels. That puts Kentucky ahead of the Illinois Fighting Illini, who they previously shared the top spot on his crystal ball with.
And while this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this before, Whitney has previously described Kentucky as his dream school, and said that he likes John Calipari.
“I want to go to Kentucky,” Whitney said in a 2016 interview with NBC Sports Chicago. ”I hope to get an offer from them if I blow up [this summer].
“I like Coach Calipari. He’s a great coach. You can display your talent at the highest level and I just love the atmosphere there for games.”
Calipari seems to like Whitney too. The Wildcats head coach has watched him play a couple times, and Adam Zagoria has said that Calipari loves what he sees from Whitney.
Whitney hasn’t visited Kentucky yet, but that’s likely to change in the near future. The Roselle, New Jersey, native is ranked the No. 19 player in the class of 2019 by 247 Sports Composite, which measures all of the recruiting rankings.
We should probably expect to see him higher when the next rankings updates come at ESPN, 247 and Rivals.
If Whitney does ultimately pick Kentucky, he’ll join five-star guard Tyrese Maxey and four-star forward DJ Jeffries as part of the Cats’ 2019 class. It’s probably safe to call Whitney the next most likely recruit to pick Kentucky, though it remains to be seen when that could actually happen.