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Kentucky offers 2019 wing Kahlil Whitney, who plans to cut list (UPDATED)
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Kentucky has offered 2019 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic and Mac Irvin Fire wing Kahlil Whitney, a source told ZAGSBLOG.
Kentucky coach John Calipari watched the 6-foot-6 Whitney this week in Milwaukee (and again in New Jersey), as I reported on FloHoops.com. Whitney has seen his recruitment skyrocket this summer with Kentucky and Duke jumping into the mix along with schools like Louisville, Illinois, Miami, Syracuse and Georgetown.
He’s planning to cut his list soon.
“It feels great,” Whitney told ZAGSBLOG contributor Orlando Cameron on Sunday of Calipari watching him at Montclair State. “We have talked a lot the last four days. I am cutting my list down to six sometime next week.”
The son of former Seton Hall standout Kelly Whitney, Whitney is expected to visit Kentucky — and possibly other schools — in August.
“I’ll be scheduling my visits right after July,” he told me last week at the Peach State Invitational.
Kentucky has long had success recruiting in New Jersey, including former Roselle Catholic guard Isaiah Briscoe of the Orlando Magic and current big man Nick Richards of The Patrick School.
Kentucky is also among the schools recruiting New Jersey Class of 2019 stars Bryan Antoine, a shooting guard, and Scottie Lewis, a small forward, both of whom play for Team Rio and the Ranney School. Antoine is also being heavily pursued by Duke, Florida and Villanova, while Lewis is mulling Florida, St. John’s and others along with Kentucky.
Also at the wing spot, Kentucky is involved for Matthew Hurt and Keion Brooks, with D.J. Jeffries having already committed.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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