Status: UK target
Point guard | 6-1 | 165
School: Sunrise Christian (Kan.)
Hometown: Eads, Tenn.
One of John Calipari’s next great point guards at Kentucky might come from his old hometown of Memphis, where class of 2021 star Kennedy Chandler has established himself as one of the best young playmakers in the country.
Chandler was already a nationally known recruit when he took his Mokan Elite squad to a magical run through the Nike circuit, culminating in a Peach Jam championship to wrap the 2019 summer basketball schedule. His play didn’t dip during his junior season, and plenty of college coaches jumped all in on his recruitment as a result.
In the span of about a month this past winter, Chandler received scholarship offers from Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina — to go along with previous offers from home-state powers Tennessee and Memphis, among many others — and he’ll challenge for the status of No. 1 point guard in the 2021 class.
Calipari has clearly made Chandler his No. 1 point guard priority for the 2021 class, making multiple trips to see him play early in his junior season. The star playmaker has cut his recruiting list to UK, Duke, North Carolina, Tennessee and Memphis, and he’ll play his final season of high school basketball at Sunrise Christian in Kansas.
Chandler averaged 22.2 points, 4.3 assists and 2.6 steals per game to lead his team to the Tennessee state title game as a high school junior.
“He might be the best college point guard in that class, hands down. He’s smaller, but he’s a downhill guy. He can dribble in tight spaces. He’s tough. He’s compact. He plays both sides of the floor — he’s a competitor.”
-Recruiting analyst Corey Evans