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Thursday / December 9.
  • Kahlil Whitney to sign NLI with Kentucky on May 3rd

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    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –– Kentucky-bound wing Kahlil Whitney plans to sign his National Letter of Intent on May 3 at his grammar school in Chicago.

    “I talked to my principal at the school and they gave me options [for dates],” Whitney said after going for 14 points and 7 rebounds as Roselle (N.J.) Catholic lost its first game of the season, 75-55, to Brandon Boston and Norcross (GA) at the Hoophall Classic.

    ZAGSBLOG first reported in November that the 6-foot-7 Whitney planned to wait to sign in the spring in order to do so at his grammar school.

    In this piece for Forbes SportsMoney, Whitney went into great detail about growing up amid gun violence in Chicago and his plans to sign there in order to be a positive role model for younger kids.

    Whitney is part of a recruitng class that also includes guards Tyrese Maxey and Dontaie Allen.

    “I’m 100 percent Kentucky,” Whitney said.

    Whitney said he admires NBA players Anthony Davis, DeMar Derozan and Kawhi Leonard.

    “[I’ll bring] scoring the basketball, being great defensively and being very versatile and getting my teammates involved in the game,” he added. “I feel like playing with guys of my caliber is going to be better for me because I’m always going to make the right play. So making the right play to another five-star guy on the court with me is going to be beneficial for me.”

    As for suffering the team’s first loss of the season, Whitney said his team was just out-played.

    “We didn’t come out locked in,” he said. “Defensively, we were horrible the whole game. Myself, I got to the rack and couldn’t finish today. My shots were not falling but it’s a learning experience and we’re going to come back stronger than ever.”

    Looming for RC, the No. 1 team in New Jersey, is a date with No. 2 Ranney on Jan. 30 at Brookdale Community College.

    “It’s a humbling experience for us a team,” Whitney said. “I felt like we needed this. I’m glad we got it earlier than later.”


    ** We are also working on a documentary showcasing Whitney’s senior season at Roselle Catholic. Stay tuned for that in the coming weeks and months.

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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.