'21 TN PG - Kennedy Chandler (Verbal Offer)

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    One after another, four-star 2021 point guard Kennedy Chandler heard from college basketball programs around the country on Saturday, the first day schools could directly contact players in his class. Florida shot him a text the moment midnight struck, and Alabama called him shortly after. He went to sleep and woke up to a host of missed calls and text messages, giving him a preview of his day.

    By Sunday, he had picked up four new scholarship offers and heard from a bevy of teams, including Memphis, Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Arizona. The challenge, as he soon realized, was keeping track of who contacted him.

    β€œI actually had to call them, text them back to ask them who this was and stuff,” Chandler told Eleven Warriors.

    Ohio State joined Nebraska, LSU and Troy as one of the four teams to extend an offer to Chandler on Saturday.

    Chandler, who attends Briarcrest Christian in Memphis, Tennessee, said he initially heard from assistant coach Jake Diebler on Saturday. Then, Chris Holtmann gave him a ring and caught him off guard, letting him know the Buckeyes wanted to offer him a scholarship.

    β€œIt was a good experience,” Chandler said. β€œI didn't think they were going to offer me this soon.”

    As the 30th overall prospect and fifth-ranked point guard in his class, Chandler already has more than a dozen scholarship offers, and the list only continues to grow. Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Illinois are among the schools that have offered him a scholarship. He has visited Kentucky, too.

    Vanderbilt originally offered Kennedy a scholarship when Diebler was on its coaching staff as an assistant. He wasn't the coach who extended the scholarship offer – head coach Bryce Drew had that honor – but he served as the Commodores' lead recruiter of Chandler. Their relationship dates back a year.

    β€œWe have a good relationship,” Chandler said on Wednesday. β€œI have a good relationship with him. I talked to him yesterday before my game. I FaceTimed him, he FaceTimed me. We've just got a good relationship together. He's going to head to New York with Darius (Garland, who Diebler recruited to Vanderbilt and the Cleveland Cavaliers selected with the No. 5 overall pick) for the NBA draft, and he's coming down to see me play Friday. He told me that today. We've got a good relationship.”

    With DJ Carton possibly headed to the NBA after his sophomore season and CJ Walker running out of eligibility following the 2020-21 season, the Buckeyes will need at least one point guard in their 2021 recruiting class, especially since they aren't heavily recruiting the position in the 2020 cycle. Holtmann has already offered four 2021 prospects ranked in the top 100 – Chandler, Khristian Lander, Meechie Johnson and Devin Askew – who could help fill that void.

    Chandler has known Diebler longer as a Vanderbilt coach than an Ohio State assistant, but it certainly remains early enough in the recruiting process for Ohio State to make an impression on him.

    β€œI know they've had some great point guards come through Ohio State,” Chandler said.

    With Briarcrest, Chandler averaged 18.7 points per game en route to claiming a state title and the state tournament most valuable player award.

    College coaches, he said, have mentioned they're impressed with his ability to push the ball up the court, lead and attack the rim. As a child, he preferred to stick on the outside and fire up jumpers, but as a developing high school prospect, much of the 6-foot-1, 160-pound point guard's success comes on drives.

    β€œNow, I like attacking the rim more and I just think I'm really good at it. I've got a finish,” Chandler said. β€œThat's what I'm really good at now, attacking the rim. They might start backing off me more, but if they do, I'm going to knock down the 3. Because some people still think I can't shoot – but I can. They didn't know I could shoot. I can knock them shots down whenever I can.”
     

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