Jan 24, 20, 12:11 PM #1
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Khalil Whitney will transfer from KentuckyPosted it on Twitter. Not sure if Iím too surprised by this.Advertisement
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Jan 24, 20, 12:19 PM #5I wish he would have stuck it out for the rest of the year. He seems like an excellent athlete and I think he has tremendous upside. Wish the kid nothing but the best.
Jan 24, 20, 12:22 PM #6Feels like an annual thing now. Will he interesting to see why. The recruiting services needs to cut down on the number of 5 stars.
Jan 24, 20, 12:31 PM #7He seems like a tremendous athlete, but I haven't really seen him display any basketball skill thus far. Because of the hype these kids get these days, I can understand why he would be disappointed with his playing time this year, but he hasn't really shown that he belongs on the court just yet.
Given the number of guards / wings coming in next year, he would have had to improve quite a bit to get additional minutes next year assuming that class all lives up to expectations. Unless he is condering a lower tier school, I can't see that he would be ready just yet to contribute at another elite program either.
It's too bad that not many of these highly ranked kids have any patience these days. He could look at his teammate Nick Richards to see what kind of growth can be attained if you just stick it out. His situation reminds me of Charles Matthews. Ranked pretty highly out of high school but just wasn't ready as a freshman to contribute at UK. Ended up having a nice career at Michigan but it took a few years for him to play up to the level that was expected. I think he could have had a similar career should he had stayed at UK.
I haven't read the announcement but it from prior post in this thread it sounds like he is leaving now. Not sure why the rush as it's already 2nd semester so I can't see that he would be eligible elsewhere any sooner than if he played out the rest of the year. A couple of additional months of practice under Cal and against this level of competition surly couldn't hurt. Hopefully everything works out for the best for this kid.
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Jan 24, 20, 12:50 PM #10Whatever day UK played at South Carolina, Rex Chapman was talking about Whitney on the pre-game show (on 1530 in NKY / Cincinnati) and was pretty tough on him. Really digging into his effort, consistent work ethic, and willing to learn / be coached. Was wishing him the best, and hoping the light would come on, but nonetheless, didn't pull any punches.
Jan 24, 20, 01:37 PM #11
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Jan 24, 20, 01:43 PM #12
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- You can keep going and your legs might hurt for a week or you can quit and your mind will hurt for a lifetime. - Mark Allen
Jan 24, 20, 01:53 PM #13
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- WHO DEY!!!
Someone like Nick Richards could have done the same, after playing limited minutes and being pulled as soon as he did something wrong. He stayed put in the work and the time and now is a key piece and most likely a first round pick and trending up still.
Some if they don’t get the instant success, they don’t know how to handle it and easier to leave. He has all kinds of potential, if he can put it together he will be a stud for someone eventually.
Jan 24, 20, 02:31 PM #14
Darnell Dodson 09-10 to Southern Miss
Stacey Poole 10-11 to Georgia Tech
Ryan Harrow 12-13 to Georgia St.
Kyle Wiltjer 12-13 to Gonzaga
Marcus Lee 15-16 to Cal
Charles Matthews 15-16 to Michigan
Sacha Killeya-Jones 17-18 to NC State
Dillon Pulliam 17-18 to Carnegie Mellon
Tai Wynard 17-18 to Santa Clara
Jemarl Baker 18-19 to Arizona
Quade Green 18-19 to Washington
Brad Calipari 18-19 to Detroit
Khalil Whitney 19-20 to Unknown
Whitney is probably the highest regarded recruit of the bunch (I believe he was projected as a lottery pick), but none of the other transfers would have added much if anything to Kentucky had they stayed. It sucks losing a guy who has so much potential, but he obviously has not made an impact with the opportunities that he has been given. Not sure what more he could expect from Kentucky in terms of playing time at this point. I wish nothing but the best for him, and once he figures it out, he is going to win a lot of basketball games for somebody else.
Jan 24, 20, 02:39 PM #15