After a big-time sophomore season, top 50 guard Kennedy Chandler has emerged as one of the hottest recruits in his class and he's taking it all in. A product of Eads (Tenn.) Briarcrest Christian, the six-footer currently ranks No. 45 nationally in the class of 2021 and a decision to leave the Memphis area to play with Kansas City-based MoKan Elite in Nike's EYBL is paying off. "I feel like we have really bonded together and that we are playing team ball," Kennedy told Rivals.com. "I'm playing better off of what we do. "When I first played a tournament with them, I had only practiced one time so I just wanted to see how it went and it went well. From there being a point guard, it means a lot to me to bring everybody together and I really love this team."
Chandler picked up his first high major offer from Ole Miss back in the fall of 2018. SMU offered during the winter and from then it's been a free-for-all that Chandler saw first-hand during April's live evaluation period. It's still hard for him to believe all that has happened. "There were a lot of college coaches who came and watched us play in Atlanta and I wanted to show them what I could do," said Chandler. "A lot of stuff happened from that weekend. I told my sister on the phone that I can't believe this is really happening like this and I'm getting all of these offers and for me it's just the beginning. It's a dream come true."
Chandler wants to take a step back and survey the scene before making his next move but did mention that he could take an unofficial visit to Tennessee at the end of the month when some friends make football visits. But that's not a certainty and he's certainly not in any kind of a hurry to make a decision. "There's no rush on anything," said Chandler. "I'm just a sophomore trying to take things in and I have a lot of time ahead of me." As excited as Chandler is by all of the recent attention, he's not at all satisfied and is working to keep expanding his game as his recruitment takes shape. "Extending my range on my jump shot a little more is next," said Chandler. "I've got to keep practicing that because most people are going under screens on me. I'm still beating them attacking the basket, but more range would open things up."
Kennedy Chandler jumped up 17 spots in this update and I'm completely on board with it. He was really impressive in the game I saw where he was matched up with Caleb Love. He's a high-level competitor, really good in the transition game and can both finish himself and set up others. I liked how hard pressures the ball defensively as well. He's going to be one of the best point guards in this class.
Made the Mid-Camp First Team at the Nike Top 100 in St. Louis
Kennedy Chandler is beyond his years at the point of attack. Already slotted within the top-30 of the recently updated Rivals150, the rising junior has been tremendous in St. Louis. He has not relied much on his perimeter jumper but he has shown the propensity to complete a litany of tasks at the lead guard spot. Chandler is a maestro off of the bounce. He is a quick-twitch playmaker that is about putting pressure on the opposing defense thanks to his crafty breakdown abilities and is no slouch on the defensive end. Ole Miss made an early push with Chandler as they are among the leaders for him early on. LSU, Ohio State and Texas A&M just offered but the thinking is that if Memphis were to get involved, that they might be difficult to beat.
One of the breakout players of the summer, Kennedy Chandler's recruitment has taken off. The elite point guard led his AAU team Mokan Elite to a U17 Peach Jam victory a couple weeks ago and is capping off his summer season at the USA Basketball training camp. Chandler said he plans on sitting down with his family and coaches to set some visits for the fall. Arizona and Kansas are the latest to offer while Kentucky, Memphis and North Carolina are also in the mix.