Kahlil Whitney had one of the best AAU seasons out of any class of 2019 prospect. The Mac Irvin Fire (IL) and Roselle Catholic (NJ) small forward has added some new looks from schools and has remained a priority for others. Whitney announced yesterday he is down to Florida State, Georgetown, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Oregon and SMU. He spoke to Prep Circuit on his final eight schools, his official visit to Kentucky and more.
Florida State: “I really like Florida State with the way they play. Dwayne Bacon is one of my favorite players and he went there. They tell me I fit their system perfectly with how I am on the wing and how I run the floor. They want to take my talent and get me to the next level.”
Georgetown: “I talk to Patrick Ewing almost every day and he says I get their style of play. He also thinks I can get to the next level if I were to go to Georgetown.”
Illinois: “That’s my hometown school, me and the coaching staff have a great relationship and they have been recruiting me since day one. When Brad Underwood got the job and he first watched me, he offered me a scholarship. He’s been recruiting me hard since that day. Illinois will always be a good fit for me with it being my hometown school.”
Kentucky: “Kentucky is Kentucky. They are a one and done factory, Coach Calipari gets some of the best guys and he does his best with them. He gets them ready for the NBA. He pushes his kids to reach their dreams. They have a great program and great history. Coach Calipari is a great coach and he has produced a lot of pros.”
Louisville: “Louisville is another school who has been recruiting me for a long time. Coach Luke Murray and Chris Mack have been making me a priority by telling me I’m their number one guy right now. I feel like it’s a great fit for me with me being able to go there, play right away and display my talent.”
Miami: “I fit their style of play and they work with a lot of good wings. Their former player Lonnie Walker was one of my favorites in the draft this year. I liked how they let him displayed his talents on the college level and let him go. They could do the same with me and I think it could possibly be a good fit for me.”
Oregon: “Oregon has been recruiting me for a long time and have been out to almost all of my games in July. They have been making me a priority with Coach Dana Altman always keeping in touch. They go to a lot of my games in July and they have Louis King who is one of the best small forwards in the 2018 class. I want to see what they would do with Louis King and the team this year. They have done a good job producing pros.”
SMU: “SMU has been recruiting me for about the same amount of time as Illinois. They let their guys play, they are a good defensive team and I think they are another school that could be a good fit for me. I have a really good relationship with one of their assistant coaches K.T. Turner.”
Q: You have set your first official visit for Kentucky. When will that take place and why did you decide to set this visit?
A: “That visit will be taking place from August 3rd through the 5th. Me and my family sat down and talked about it and we felt we should take the official visit to Kentucky first then go to the other visits. I will be visiting other schools in the future, but I don’t want to publicize them yet.”
Q: Looking forward when do you plan on making your college decision?
A: “I will be making my decision in the fall before the season. I’m just trying to figure out how I am going to do it, but I do know that I’ll be making my decision in the fall.”
Q: You boosted your stock a great deal this AAU season. What is it like seeing your hard work come to fruition?
A: “I’ve been working hard with my Dad. I’ve been really focused lately, trying to solidify my spot as a McDonald’s All-American along with other accolades like being the Gatorade Player of the Year. I have to work hard to receive those so I’ve been pushing myself. I came out with a lot of confidence with it being my last summer of AAU basketball. If I didn’t bring it this AAU season, it would have put a lot of pressure on me during the AAU season. Now during the high school season I can keep my foot on the gas and keep doing what I’ve been doing during the AAU season.”
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