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Friday / October 19.
  • Kahlil Whitney talks Kentucky visit, decision timeline; cuts list to four (UPDATED)

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The  Kahlil Whitney Sweepstakes could be wrapping up fairly soon.

    Following his official visit to Kentucky over the weekend, the 6-foot-6 wing from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic said he is looking to make a college decision in the next couple of weeks and is uncertain if he will take any further visits.

    “Right now I’m just going through the process,” Whitney said by phone Sunday morning from the airport on his way back home. “I’ll be making my decision in a couple weeks. I don’t know when.”

    Ranked the No. 5 small forward in the Class of 2019 by 247Sports.com, Whitney on Monday cut his list in half, to four schools from eight: Kentucky, Illinois, Oregon and Georgetown.

    Louisville, Miami, Florida State and SMU got the axe.

    Asked if he planned to take any more visits, Whitney said, “I’m not sure yet. I’m going to talk to my dad when we get back home.”

    Kelly Whitney, the former Seton Hall player, made the visit with his son. On Saturday, the elder Whitney texted that the visit was going “great” and Kahlil echoed those sentiments on Sunday.

    “The visit was great,” Kahlil said. “I watched a couple practices and a couple scrimmages. Went out to eat a couple times. Just being around campus, took a tour of the campus. Met Coach Cal and met the team.”

    Kentucky leaves for its Bahamas trip on Monday, so Whitney got to see the Wildcats in action. Kentucky coach John Calipari, who has made Whitney a priority at the wing position, believes he can fit in well with their 2019 class, which now includes point guard Tyrese Maxey and Kentucky wing Dontaie Allen.

    “From Day One, he told me I could fit in the program, I could play in the program,” Whitney said. “He said he could see me playing right by Tyrese, me and Tyrese. He hasn’t really talked that much about it, I’ve just been enjoying the process here. Just getting a feel of the campus, the players.”

    Whitney is already familiar with several Kentucky players.

    “Me and Ashton Hagans were roommates at the NBA Top 100 Camp,” he said. “I’m pretty cool with him. Nick Richards, I used to play against him in New Jersey two years ago, so yeah I had a good feel for those guys. Tyler Herro, I was in Chicago and he played at Wisconsin.”

    Calipari was likely looking for a commitment on the visit.

    “Oh yeah, that’s pretty much been his message since Day One,” Whitney said.

    Also on his visit, an Illinois fan who lives in Lexington cheered on Whitney as he road past on a golf cart.

    “Yeah, we were taking a tour of the campus and we rode past him, he was getting out of the car, he was screaming Illini, something like that,” Whitney said. “My dad heard him, I couldn’t even hear him. I thought he was a UK fan at first, but I went on Twitter and they had a video that he was an Illinois fan. I got a laugh out of it though.”

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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. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.