Kahlil Whitney has trimmed his list for the second time in one week.
On Monday, Whitney announced he was down to the Kentucky Wildcats, Illinois Fighting Illini, Georgetown Hoyas and Oregon Ducks. The notable names left off are the Louisville Cardinals and Miami Hurricanes, who some believed were Kentucky’s only real challengers for the five-star wing.
However, Whitney is a Chicago native, and Illinois has also been viewed as a major player in his recruitment for sometime now. They’re probably now the only major threat to keep Whitney from Kentucky, though the Wildcats are in great shape following his visit.
A Sea of Blue has been told a decision could come as soon as next Monday after Kentucky finishes up its Bahamas trip.
Whitney is exactly the kind of forward Kentucky’s 2019 class needs right now. While they do have a pledge from Dontaie Allen, he’s more of a wing that can play shooting guard, while Whitney is a more physical wing that can also play power forward.
Whitney is at his best in transition. He can finish through contact at the rim and has the athleticism to beat defenders up the floor. Watch Whitney play, and you’ll see shades of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Like MKG, Whitney is a hard-working forward who plays hard on both ends of the court. He also has a nice jumper and can really frustrate opponents with how balanced his offense is, as well as how great he is on his defense with his quick feet and long arms. His speed and athleticism also lead to him jamming in a lot of putback dunks.
Since taking an official visit to Kentucky over the weekend, Whitney has said he may not take anymore visits, while a decision should happen in the coming weeks.