By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky freshman Kahlil Whitney can still remember the first time he met UK coach John Calipari.
“It was in New Jersey when he came to see me play,” said Whitney. “We shook hands and I obviously knew who he was. We had a little conversation but he couldn’t do much because of NCAA rules and stuff like that.”
What impressed me is listening to Whitney explain how he tried to act like meeting Calipari was no big deal.
“I had to act like no biggie,” Whitney smiled and said during the McDonald’s All-American Game. “Then on my official (visit) we had a long conversation. Coach Cal is a great coach and I can’t wait to get under his wings and play for him.”
He said getting his UK scholarship offer after the 2018 Peach Jam was the “best thing ever” for him even though he did not commit immediately.
“I basically never thought that day would come. I pretty much knew that day I was going to Kentucky. I just wanted to go through a few official visits and get to Kentucky and see the campus,” Whitney said. “I didn’t commit when he offered but I could have. I knew right then I was going to Kentucky and that never changed.”