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Will Kahlil Whitney departure impact future recruiting?

Kahlil Whitney. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Could Kahlil Whitney’s sudden departure from Kentucky impact future recruiting for the Cats?
Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek doesn’t think so.

“It’s not going to impact future five star players that want to buy into Kentucky,” she said. “Maybe it will impact the Chicago recruiting scene (Whitney is from Chicago) because I do not imagine Kahlil will go back there and plug (promote) Kentucky.

“But I have not heard any players say they are not going to Kentucky because of what happened with Kahlil. Top guards continued to commit to Kentucky after Quade Green left midway of the 2018-19 season.”

Another Rivals.com recruiting writer, David Sisk, feels basically the same way.

“It won’t hurt Kentucky with other players. Elite prospects welcome competition and don’t worry about being recruited over,” Sisk said. “Each player is also deciding for themselves.

“I have spoken to several people in the New York/New Jersey area (where Whitney played high school basketball) and there hasn’t been any negative feedback about Kentucky and I don’t think there will be.”

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  1. If every one would quit talking about him it will fade in the dust. I didn’t care for him, he didn’t have the heart of the focus at UK. If he practiced they way he should he would have had more playing time.

    1. Whitney was a talented player, and I hated to see him leave. That said, in this program, you have to pay the price, and you have to contribute. He chose not to. Time to move on. His departure will not slow Calipari recruiting down one bit.

  2. I hope it affects recruiting, like using more if not all available scholarships, and looking for basketball players who want to play for UK to win national championships for UK

    1. My my Professor, like these current UK players, some here for more than 1 or even 2 years now, don’t want to win a national championship. Are you for real man?

  3. Sights on NBA from the moment Calipari offers them a free ride at UK.

  4. Pup I think professor has jump ship.

    1. Well, I will say this Cats79, every ultra talented prep basketball player in the nation right now has his mind set on the NBA. I don’t care what college he attends. Calipari brings in the talent UK needs to compete. I have no idea what could possibly be wrong with that.

      1. Well said Pup!!

  5. I feel sad for Whitney, he made a horrible decision…it won’t affect recruiting.

  6. Our 2021 recruiting is pretty much done. No big men in that haul and no elite bigs left. I am hoping Nick and EJ come back next year, both have played better this year, but both still need development. Kahlil needs to go play for Illinois for a couple of years and see where that takes him. Maybe we can get another big as a grad transfer.

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