Kentucky has the No. 1 recruiting class for 2020, and they are in good shape with several top 2021 recruits. That does not even include possible reclassification candidates like Skyy Clark. But one of their top targets for the class, Kennedy Chandler, has several suitors. Corey Evans of Rivals took the time to rank Kentucky’s competition for the No. 1 point guard in the class.
Chandler will choose between Duke, Memphis, Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. He recently moved from Memphis to a prep school in Kansas, which at least will keep him a little further away from Penny Hardaway and Rick Barnes. But Corey Evans does not believe that completely rules out teams from the Volunteer state.
Ranking the contenders for Kennedy Chandler
Although Evans believes Chandler to be a Tennessee lean, he certainly does not believe Kentucky is out of the race.
“Kentucky may not have as great of a need at the lead guard position as it does in most seasons,” Evans wrote. “Yes, the Wildcats will see Davion Mintz graduate after the season, but there is also a decent chance that Devin Askew returns for his sophomore season. Keep an eye on Skyy Clark, too, who has not been shy about his deep affection for UK and could reclassify into the 2021 class later in the year. Chandler and Banchero have often talked about playing together in college and if they were to do so, UK would be able to offer that opportunity.”
John Calipari is hot on the trail of both Chandler and Paolo Banchero. If he is able to land them both, that could be the best guard-big combination Cal has brought in since John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.
In addition, 247 recruiting guru Andrew Slater said Chandler could decide soon, and the Vols look like the pick.