Tennessee received a commitment Friday from Kennedy Chandler, one of the top prospects in the 2021 college basketball recruiting class.
ESPN's Jeff Borzello reported the point guard's choice of the Volunteers:
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Kennedy Chandler, the No. 1 point guard in 2021, has committed to Tennessee. Chandler to @PaulBiancardi: “I was looking for a program that could help me develop and have a strong family atmosphere, and a coach I could relate to. Tennessee and Rick Barnes made me feel that way.”
He selected the Vols amid offers from Duke, Kentucky, UNC and several other high-profile programs.
Hawks star Trae Young congratulated Chandler on Twitter after his decision:
Chandler is a 5-star prospect and the No. 11 overall player in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He's also listed as the best point guard and the No. 1 recruit from Kansas.
The dynamic playmaker's stock has rocketed over the past year, which led to offers from numerous elite basketball programs across the country.
"It has been crazy," he told Rivals' Corey Evans in December. "A lot of schools have been reaching out, calling me, texting me, and right now, I am just enjoying the process and getting ready for the season ahead."
Chandler is a terrific slasher with a lightning-quick first step, the ability to finish with either hand around the rim and no trouble contending with size in the paint. He's also displayed great vision to find open teammates after forcing the opposing defense to collapse.
The 6'1", 165-pound guard is still developing his outside shot, which will be essential for him to eventually become a top NBA draft prospect, and he'll need to continue filling out his frame in order to round out his game defensively.
Chandler should emerge as an immediate-impact player for Rick Barnes at Tennessee. At minimum, he's showcased the offensive skill set necessary to provide a spark off the bench as the primary ball-handler for the second unit, but he figures to play a larger role by the end of his freshman season.
His stay with the Vols may be a short one, however, especially if he shines during his first collegiate campaign to bolster his draft status for 2022.