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Kahlil Whitney Officially Signs With UK

May 3, 2019
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Kahlil Whitney, a 6-7 forward out of Roselle Catholic High School in Roselle, NJ, has finally made it official. He signed his NLI on Friday at his grade school, John Milton Gregory Academy, in his hometown of Chicago. The #2 small forward and #7 player overall in the 2019 class wanted to wait till the spring to sign in his hometown after committing to UK almost 9 months ago. Whitney’s hometown and his grade school holds a special place in his heart, and Whitney wanted to have this special moment in front of the kids at his Chicago grade school to set an example that you can be successful in life and do great things no matter where you come from.

Much like a comparable UK player of the past, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, UK and playing for Cal has been his dream. His favorite player was Gilchrist’s teammate, Anthony Davis, but Whitney’s game compares favorably to MKG’s. They are a simliar size, have exceptional athleticism and strength for a high school senior, and can get to the rim and finish. Simialr to MKG, Whitney will fight for everything and will do whatever it takes to help the team. Whitney was named a McDonald’s All-American and to the Jordan Brand Classic, and just last week won co-mvp honors after scoring 38 points at the Iverson Classic.

Whitney joins the long list of UK players under Cal who have shown maturity beyond their years, in wanting to set a good example on and off the court. Whitney has been adament throughout the last 9 months that he was firm in his commitment and would sign with UK in the spring. Whitney made good on his promise Friday, and UK fans are sure to love the desire and heart he’ll display on and off the court. Whitney’s journey has taken him from the violent streets of inner-city to Chicago, to New Jersey, and countless all-star games in between, but for the next year, at least, Lexington, KY will be his home away from home. Expect many special moments from this special young man in the season to come.

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