Former Kentucky forward Kahlil Whitney is getting his shot at the NBA, and he’ll do so with several other former Cats in Charlotte.
According to Adam Zagoria, Whitney is signing an exhibit-10 contract with the Hornets.
Exhibit-10 contracts are one-year deals for the NBA league minimum salary. They also include come an optional bonus of up to $50,000 if the player doesn’t make it in training camp but signs with the team’s G-League affiliate. Nate Sestina signed a similar deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
Whitney, a five-star Class of 2019 forward out of Chicago, left the Kentucky basketball team at midseason of his lone college season. He considered transferring to another school but opted to go ahead and begin his pro career.
The 6-6 Whitney signed with Kentucky as a McDonald’s All American and the No. 11 overall player in the class of 2019 by the Recruiting Services Consensus Index. He scored more than 2,000 points in his high school career at Roselle Catholic (New Jersey) and helped lead his team to a title at the New Jersey Tournament of Champions in his junior season.
Whitney was also a Jordan Brand All-American and was named co-MVP of the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic. Whitney was named to the Naismith High School Boys’ All-America Third Team after his junior season.
At Kentucky, Whitney averaged 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.8 minutes of action in 2019-20. He scored a season-high 11 points vs. Eastern Kentucky and nine points vs. Mount St. Mary’s.
In Charlotte, Whitney will join former Cats Nick Richards, PJ Washington and Malik Monk.
With Whitney now off to Charlotte, everyone who left Kentucky this offseason via graduation or early declaration have found NBA homes. In addition to Richards, Tyrese Maxey (76ers) and Immanuel Quickley (Knicks) being drafted, Ashton Hagans signed an undrafted deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, while EJ Montgomery signed a two-way deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.