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5-star PG Kennedy Chandler trims list; Memphis no longer the favorite

The top-15 recruit recently secured an offer from Kentucky.


Kentucky recently offered a scholarship to Class of 2021 point guard Kennedy Chandler, who just trimmed his list of schools to 10, he announced Friday on Twitter.

A 6-1, 160-pound guard out of Memphis, Tennessee, Chandler already has a host of scholarship offers, including the Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, Kansas Jayhawks, Tennessee Volunteers and Memphis Tigers, all of whom made his latest list. He’s ranked 15th nationally by 247 Sports composite in addition to being the second-best point guard.

Memphis was initially viewed as the favorite for Chandler, but a recent update by Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader suggests otherwise.

It was made clear earlier this week that the Memphis star is no lock for Penny Hardaway and the hometown Tigers, and the Herald-Leader was told later in the week that it actually seems unlikely, at this stage in his recruitment, that Chandler will end up staying in the city for college.

Chandler is coming off a breakout sophomore season where he led his Briarcrest Christian team to a state championship, winning tournament MVP honors.

Recently, 2021 forward Paolo Banchero said Chandler was someone he’d like to team up with in college. Kentucky is also strongly in the mix for Banchero, if not the favorite, so getting Chandler would only help their case.

However, Tennessee is also strongly in the mix for both players, so this could be turning into a battle between the Cats and Vols for one or both of these elite recruits.

For now, there aren’t any predictions from 247 Sports or Rivals as to where Chandler will end up.

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