Tennessee lands top guard Kennedy Chandler for the 21st college basketball class.


Kennedy Chandler, the top-ranked level guard within the 2021 ESPN 100, dedicated to Tennessee on Friday, giving the Volunteers a five-star recruit for the third straight yr.

Chandler, who’s ranked No. 12 general within the ESPN 100, selected Rick Barnes’ program over a ultimate group that additionally included Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Memphis.

“I wish to go the place the college felt prefer it was residence,” Chandler instructed ESPN. “I used to be searching for a program that would assist me develop and have a robust household environment, and a coach I might relate to. Tennessee and Rick Barnes made me really feel that manner.”

It continues a really robust recruiting run for Barnes, who has landed six ESPN 100 prospects within the final 4 courses.

After not touchdown a five-star recruit since Jarnell Stokes in 2011, Tennessee has now obtained a dedication from one in three straight courses. Josiah James popped in 2019, Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson pledged in 2020, and now Chandler has joined the fold for the 2021 class.

“Coach Barnes is a humorous man and tells nice tales,” Chandler mentioned. “However he is severe on the basketball courtroom and I like that about him. I want somebody who will push me and he’s somebody I can relate to. He coached some extent guard that was nationwide participant of the yr in T.J. Ford and he sees a T.J. Ford in me. [Assistant] coach Kim English has been recruiting me laborious and we’ve got constructed a fantastic relationship, too.”

Chandler, a 6-foot-1 level guard from Memphis who will attend Dawn Christian Academy (Kansas) this yr, is ranked No. 12 within the ESPN 100 for 2021. He performed 20 video games for MoKan Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit final spring and summer time, averaging 15.1 factors, 4.2 rebounds and 6.zero assists. Chandler adopted that up with 22.2 factors, 4.Three assists and a couple of.6 steals for Briarcrest Christian (Tennessee) final season.

He is a quick and fast level guard that performs a downhill sport. His model is to assault and probe the protection. His fast blow-by dribble will get him into the paint frequently, and he has added a floater, which is able to serve him nicely towards the dimensions of the SEC. Chandler is particular as a result of he’s excellent within the open flooring, but understands methods to execute within the half-court. He is additionally an adept distributor, delivering sharp passes, and may disrupt defensively because of his fast fingers and toes. The following step for chandler is to increase his capturing vary, particularly in ball-screens.

Chandler is the third highest-ranked recruit to select Tennessee because the ESPN recruiting database started in 2007, following Tobias Harris (No. 6) in 2010 and Scotty Hopson (No. 9) in 2008.

Search for Barnes and the Volunteers to stay in robust pursuit of elite frontcourt prospect Paolo Banchero (No. 3), who has an excellent relationship with Chandler. The 2 have talked about teaming up on the school degree.