Kentucky freshman Kahlil Whitney has announced that he will be leaving the program. Whitney had seen his role decrease as the season went on and it was reflected in his statement posted to Twitter that you can read below:
Thank You❤️ Next chapter🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/P3z1RNzHa8
— Kahlil The Dragon Whitney (@KahlilWhitney) January 24, 2020
Coming out of high school Whitney was a five star recruit and considered one of the top draft prospects in the class due to his athleticism and build that fit what professional teams look for in a modern day wing. At 6’6″ being able to guard multiple positions many expected him to become a lock down defender under the tutelage of John Calipari, but his lack of offensive production and lackluster play in general lead to his minutes going down with each month of the season.
Whitney is from New Jersey so most rumors are linking him to east coast schools, but there is also the possibility that he will pursue professional opportunities rather than transfer to another school and sit out. Should he choose to turn pro it is possible that he would be drafted in the second round, but at this point it would not be considered very likely, especially after not playing the rest of the year. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game while starting 8 of the 18 games played at Kentucky.