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Former 5-Star Kentucky Recruit Kahlil Whitney Announces He Will Transfer

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2020

ATHENS, GA - JANUARY 7: Kahlil Whitney #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats looks on during a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum on January 7, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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Kentucky has lost a key recruit from its 2019 class, as forward Kahlil Whitney announced Friday he intends to transfer.

In a statement, Whitney said: "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 in to the best position possible as I continue to develop and work towards my ultimate goal."

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The 6'6", 210-pound New Jersey native was supposed to be one of head coach John Calipari's impact freshmen in 2019-20. 247Sports rated him as a 5-star prospect, the No. 2 small forward and the No. 11 overall recruit.

However, things didn't come together for him at Kentucky. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 18 games with a 37.1 shooting percentage.

Calipari only used Whitney for a combined four minutes in the past two games. He hadn't played more than 11 minutes in a game since Dec. 18 against Utah.

Prior to committing to Kentucky in August 2018, Whitney also had Georgetown, Illinois and Oregon listed among his four finalists.

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It's unclear which schools he might consider now. His upside would make him attractive to a number of marquee programs.

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