By LARRY VAUGHT
Kennedy Chandler is the No. 1 point guard in the 2021 recruiting class and that makes him an obvious recruiting target for Kentucky coach John Calipari with his success rate with top point guards.
Chandler has Kentucky, Tennessee, Memphis, Duke and North Carolina as his final five schools going into his senior season. He recently transferred from Briarcrest Christian in Memphis, the school he’s attended since second grade, to Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas.
Chandler’s father, Kylan, says there’s a lot for the family to like about Kentucky.
“Great staff, Calipari produces players who get to the next level, style of play is something I really like,” the recruit’s father said. “He lets his guards play. He plays with three guards most of the time. It’s just a great school and they have been recruiting him a long time.”
Chandler has found a way to stay basketball-ready during COVID-19 thanks to workouts arranged by his trainer, Jevonte Holmes. Recently they’ve had scrimmages which have included players such as Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant (the likely NBA rookie of the year), five-star prospect Moussa Cisse, NBA players Ian Clark and Cameron Payne, Memphis sophomore DJ Jeffries, a one-time UK commit, and Memphis junior Alex Lomax.
“Usually on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday they start out with situational 3 on 3, maybe 4 on 4, maybe some pick and roll,” Kylan Chandler said. “Then they divide the teams up and go 5 on 5.
“Kennedy is usually the only high school player. Just playing against older, stronger guys that think and react quicker is good for him.”
Chandler normally is the fastest player on the court. He’s had to adjust going against Morant, one of the fastest players in the NBA now. But Kylan Chandler said Morant has been a huge help for Chandler.
“They all love and respect Kennedy,” Kylan Chandler said. “Morant has given him some really good advice and also really challenged him because Kennedy is not used to playing against guys faster than him.”