Kahlil Whitney leaving Kentucky

#77
The article I read on this mentioned Georgetown and Illinois as possible landing spots. GTWN has a couple of open scholarships with the dismissal/transfer of those two players, right? There's probably a cleaner opportunity and possibly even a clearer path to playing time there. A lot of pieces have to fall in to place for a spot to be available at Illinois...We're already planning on Ayo leaving to make room for Miller. So we need ANOTHER spot to open (saw people guessing TJ will be gone). If either of those things don't happen....then we Crean someone to get him?

Of course I'm sure he's also considering other landing spots besides us and the Georgetown Fighting Ewings.
 
#78
He appeared in games this semester for UK.
If he enrolled at UofI before Feb 5, wouldn't it have to be on his own dime? I don't think we have any scholarships to give for this semester, and I doubt that even kicking someone off the team today would make a current scholarship available. We can kick anyone off the team, but I don't think we can take away a scholly and give it to someone else under any circumstances.
Thanks for clarification. This is one of those things that baffles me if he does transfer. How short sighted is that? Supposedly he knew he was unhappy, and then to play 4 minutes across 2 games one week into the semester, and then leave? How could he not have given himself a deadline prior to start of 2nd semester to make this decision? If even, just to leave his options open.

I'm in no position to 2nd guess the kid, but it seems like these things happen too often with transfer logistics, and the only one to lose out are the kids.
 
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#79
Thanks for clarification. This is one of those things that baffles me if he does transfer. How short sighted is that? Supposedly he knew he was unhappy, and then to play 4 minutes across 2 games one week into the semester, and then leave? How could he not have given himself a deadline prior to start of 2nd semester to make this decision? If even, just to leave his options open.

I'm in no position to 2nd guess the kid, but it seems like these things happen too often with transfer logistics, and the only one to lose out are the kids.
I wonder whether he was promised more tic in those two games that didn't happen or he earned the limitation thereafter with his play in those games. Doesn't seem to have been a sensible decision if he was at that point. But may well send him to a school that is not his preference for a transfer, one that has a schollie to give for this semester. I guess he could announce his transfer, continue with classes at Kentucky (presumably they would have to agree) and transfer after the semester. But that not the way his announcement sounded.
 
#80
We were in his top 2-3 (easily?), but when UK offered, it was all over.
Technically speaking when he named his Top 4, we could have been in the bottom 2-3 right? Dammit, beer is half empty...need a new one!
 
#81
We look like a significantly better alternative now than we did when he had us #2 in his original decision. A pair of impressive guards lined up to play with, proven that BU's system works, first in the B1G, etc.
....and 2 other wing/guards roughly same height, with better range (supposedly), less athletic (maybe). This isn't even accounting for Jones (who knows), Griffin more of a guard, Hawkins more of a 3-4, and having to sit for a year unless some sort of (hardship-cough cough) is determined? Significantly better is a stretch imo, but splitting hairs as well...
 
#82
Was thinking just the other day about some of the highly regarded recruits we were in on that Illinois missed, and how disappointed (including myself) we were in whiffing on these guys ....Whitney...Okoro.....Liddell.....Smith (didn't miss out...but kind of did).....of all the names I've mentioned probably Liddell and Smith are the only ones that have played meaningful minutes....and neither have played to the level of Kofi, GB, or Ayo.....24 months ago if we'd landed these 4 kids...most of us would have been beyond ecstatic .....probably talking multiple B10 championships maybe even final four....these 4 may still become good collegiate players, but I'm guessing no one thought they would be this irrelevant at this point......funny how things turn out
Drew Timme Terrance Shannon Landers Nolley just to name a few
 
#85
My prediction is he's going pro... Australian league?

Seems to be working well for LaMelo Ball.
He's no where near the NBA prospect Lamelo is. I dont think he is much of an NBA prospect at the moment. He would be making a huge mistake declaring for the NBA. He could play in the G-league and make some money but he could make a lot more by staying in college and improving his draft stock.
 
#86
The last time we got a Kentucky transfer(AL) it didn’t turn out well. He couldn’t shoot and had bad handles as well. . Whitney is vastly more athletic though.
 
#88
Waukegan
What does that mean? Dotted line...?
If you are referring to what I think you are, those are, I believe, eyeballs. But I don’t know what they mean. I asked about Hawkins response, what it meant but my post and the one answering me have mysteriously “disappeared” for some reason. And I figure having said that this one, too, will “disappear”.
 
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#91
Chicago, IL
I’ll

I DMed him and he said that it means he’s watching with extra interest, thus the two sets of eyeballs. Just kidding, I didn’t DM him. That’s creepy, or so I’m told. But that would be my guess.
Seconded. Typically the eyeballs just mean it's something worth keeping an eye on. I'd read it as him being interested in the move and potential interest in him joining the Illini, but I'm biased. It can also just that Coleman is interested in a shake up in the college basketball world.
 
#93
Charleston
Was thinking just the other day about some of the highly regarded recruits we were in on that Illinois missed, and how disappointed (including myself) we were in whiffing on these guys ....Whitney...Okoro.....Liddell.....Smith (didn't miss out...but kind of did).....of all the names I've mentioned probably Liddell and Smith are the only ones that have played meaningful minutes....and neither have played to the level of Kofi, GB, or Ayo.....24 months ago if we'd landed these 4 kids...most of us would have been beyond ecstatic .....probably talking multiple B10 championships maybe even final four....these 4 may still become good collegiate players, but I'm guessing no one thought they would be this irrelevant at this point......funny how things turn out
I understand what you are saying. Think maybe our coaches make players better? Just a thought... Consider Mr. Smith...
 
#94
Ever since the IDKWTI debacle I am a little jaded about any hype talk of a kid coming to U of I. Even if they sign their LOI. Until they are in the classroom I can't seem to get my hopes up anymore. If KW does make it to Illinois, great/wonderful/yippie and all that. If he doesn't, oh well.
 
#95
Planet Earth, when not battling Ming the Merciless
Can KW transfer to a high level Division 2 team and play right away? If he dominates there, the scouts will surely find him. Or is Division 2 basketball just too small?
 
#96
Cincinnati, OH
Can KW transfer to a high level Division 2 team and play right away? If he dominates there, the scouts will surely find him. Or is Division 2 basketball just too small?
He might as well play somewhere professionally and make some cash. Competition would be much better and he would be able to play immediately.
 
#98
I’ll

I DMed him and he said that it means he’s watching with extra interest, thus the two sets of eyeballs. Just kidding, I didn’t DM him. That’s creepy, or so I’m told. But that would be my guess.
Haha! Immediate thought: Kind of creepy. Kept reading on and thought, wow, he actually answered you and it was such an obvious answer. Then, the punchline. Good one!
 
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