One of the top players in the Class of 2021 is changing schools.
On Friday, five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler announced he would attend Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas for his senior season of high school basketball.
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After prayer, and deep discussion with family and friends, I am pursuing new challenges to grow as a person. Nonetheless, I would like to both highlight and thank the entire Briarcrest community, including my teachers, teammates, and coaches, which have all contributed to the person and player that I am today. I have enjoyed Briarcrest since the 2nd grade. I will forever be a Saint. As such, I would like to announce that I will be attending Sunrise Christian Academy for my senior year. Thank you and God bless.
Chandler, who is ranked 13th overall by 247 Sports Composite in the Class of 2021, was previously at Briarcrest Christian in Memphis (TN). The Tennessee Volunteers have been viewed as the favorites for Chandler, so seeing him leave the state is good news for schools like Kentucky and Duke, who are also heavily involved in this recruitment. Memphis is also in the running.
In addition to these schools, the G-League is also recruiting Chandler, so getting his signature will prove quite difficult for John Calipari to get. But Cal is still putting on the full-court press, and he recently had a Zoom visit with Chandler and his family.
As of now, Chandler isn’t planning to make his decision until the spring, which makes sense with the schools he’s considering potentially returning point guards for the 2021-22 season.
Kentucky has Devin Askew, who is expected to be a multi-year player. Duke has Jeremy Roach along with combo guard DJ Steward. Tennessee has Santiago Vescovi, as well as combo guards Josiah-Jordan James and Keon Johnson.
Oh, and you probably know all about Chandler and Paolo Banchero talking about teaming up in college. That makes getting Chandler even more critical, so expect this to be a heated battle that’s not going to end anytime soon.
Check out some highlights of Chandler from the 2019 Nike EYBL circuit.