McDonald’s All-American, 5-star freshman, announces he's leaving Kentucky
Kentucky 5-star freshman Kahlil Whitney announced Friday that he would leave the university.
Whitney was buried on the depth chart, but his abrupt announcement is a shocker. The timing is interesting as it’s in the middle of the season, and Whitney would have plenty of time to carve out a role this year.
The 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward was rated a 5-star prospect and was ranked as the nation’s No. 11 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.
“At this time, after several conversations with my family and coaching staff, I regret to announce that I will be leaving the University of Kentucky,” Whitney wrote on Twitter.
“I truly believed Coach Calipari and his program was the best fit to assist in preparing me for that next step in my basketball career. Unfortunately, my time at Kentucky has not gone as I had hoped, and I therefore need to make a difficult decision quickly to put myself back into the best position possible as I continue to develop and work towards my ultimate goal.”
The freshman averaged 3.3 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game this season; however, he’s had a tough time breaking into the rotation. He’s made just one field goal over the last seven games.
Below is Whitney’s full statement:
Thank You❤️ Next chapter🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/P3z1RNzHa8
— Kahlil The Dragon Whitney (@KahlilWhitney) January 24, 2020