Elite 2021 Point Guard Kennedy Chandler Cuts List to Five

Jason Jordan

Briarcrest (Eads, Tenn.) point guard Kennedy Chandler took a big step toward deciding on a college on Thursday, cutting his list from 10 to a more manageable five.  

Duke, Memphis, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee will now duke it out for the 6-foot-1 point guard’s services.

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This season, Chandler averaged 24 points, five assists and five rebounds a game for the Saints who finished 23-6.

Chandler had a storybook rise last summer.

In his first year on the grueling Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, Chandler led Mokan Elite (Mo.) to the Nike Peach Jam title over Team WhyNot (Calif.) and SI All-American Player of the Year Jalen Green, who recently announced that he was headed to the NBA’s G League.

In the duel with Green, Chandler pumped in Green pumped in 21 points, handed out nine assists and grabbed six rebounds in the 85-84 overtime win.

He also managed the game’s most memorable play; after swiping a steal from Green as he was coming down the court, Chandler took it back to the basket and threw down a one-hander over Green, who was trying for the block.

Pandemonium ensued.

For the summer, Chandler averaged 15 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists while racking up 41 steals.

That production made him a “can’t miss” prospect in the 2021 class.

Makes sense for a player with elite athleticism and scoring ability on all three levels, exceptional ball-handling ability, and a high IQ.