Status: UK target
Point guard | 6-1 | 165
School: Briarcrest Christian
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 early in 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 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.
It’s still early in this recruiting cycle, but 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.
Chandler averaged 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists while accumulating 41 steals in 19 games on the Nike circuit this past summer. He was the starting point guard on the Mokan Elite team that won the prestigious Peach Jam championship in July.
“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