The Kentucky Wildcats are getting a brief summer break before school starts back up later this month.
In the meantime, freshman forward Kahlil Whitney is participating in the 2019 Nike Skills Academy in California, where some of the top high school recruits are competing alongside a select group of college players.
Turns out, Whitney has been one of the most impressive college players there, according to Sam Vecenie of the Athletic, as well as Whitney’s former AAU team, Mac Irvin Fire.
I was there yesterday. Thought the two best incoming freshmen in attendance during yesterday’s scrimmage portion were Cole Anthony and Kahlil Whitney. The two best upperclassmen were Obi Toppin and probably Udoka Azubuike. Doke is trimmed down, looks great as a PnR rim runner.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) August 9, 2019
Kentucky Kahlil Whitney been Ballin at the Nike Camp against the college players and Pros!! Hes scoring whenever he wants. His pullup game been unstoppable #MacIrvinFire— Mac Irvin Fire (@TheMacIrvinFire) August 9, 2019
Whitney was a top-10 2019 recruit for much of the past year, but he fell out of the top 10 in the final rankings, primarily due to inconsistent play and not playing well in the high school all-star games. It sounds like Whitney is already making nice progress after getting to practice at UK for the last two months.
Whitney could also be recruiting a new teammate while he’s at the event, which includes N’Faly Dante. The five-star center is likely to reclassify into 2019 and make his college commitment soon. Perhaps having Whitney there to get some last-minute recruiting in could help the Wildcats’ chances of landing Dante.