As you know, Kahlil Whitney has decided to transfer from Kentucky and will no longer be on the team.
This should come as much of a shock since his minutes had greatly decreased, and the steady climb of Johnny Juzang was taking away the little minutes Whitney was still getting.
Whitney is the newest Kentucky player to decide to leave the program since John Calipari took over, but he is not the first.
With the announcement, Whitney becomes the 12th player to leave the program since Cal got here in 2010, joining the likes of:
- Darnell Dodson
- Stacey Poole
- Ryan Harrow
- Kyle Wiltjer
- Marcus Lee
- Charles Matthews
- Sacha Killeya-Jones
- Tai Wynyard
- Jemarl Baker
- Quade Green
- Brad Calipari
For the most part, this hasn’t been a list one would want to be part of in terms of NBA hopes, as most of these guys never sniffed the league, while several others failed to make a big impact at their next college destination.
However, guys like Charles Matthews and Kyle Wiltjer went on to have major impacts at schools — Michigan and Gonzaga respectively — that made deep runs in the NCAA Tournament. Wiltjer has even bounced around the NBA.
Also, Brad Calipari and Jemarl Baker are having solid seasons at Detroit Mercy and Arizona after leaving UK just this past summer. Hopefully, Whitney follows suit with a new college if he does transfer to a new program.
But the way his announcement was worded, it leaves open room for him to just go ahead and try his hand at the pros, whether it be in the NBA or overseas.
This will likely not be the last time that a player decides to leave the program, but we should all wish Whitney nothing but the best in the next step of his career, wherever that may be.