Duke basketball target Kennedy Chandler discusses five finalists, decision

Duke basketball target Kennedy Chandler (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Duke basketball target Kennedy Chandler (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Briarcrest Christian (Tenn.) point guard and Duke basketball target Kennedy Chandler at the City of Palms Classic (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

This week, a few weeks since trimming his list, Kennedy Chandler outlined the benefits of the Duke basketball program and his four other remaining suitors while also talking about a timeline for choosing the best fit.

Just because the Duke basketball staff holds the 247Sports Crystal Ball lead for Briarcrest Christian (Tenn.) point guard Kennedy Chandler does not imply Mike Krzyzewski and his assistants can afford to let off the gas. After all, they’re not the only blueblood recruiters still in pursuit. Plus, they’re up against a couple of foes from the Volunteer State who also made the five-star prospect’s final five.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Memphis native is the only floor general in his class currently on the Duke basketball radar. And the reason why must be that Chandler, who ranks No. 13 overall on the 247Sports 2021 Composite, appears to possess all the tools Krzyzewski hopes to see in a backcourt leader.

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Not only is Chandler lightning quick with the ball in his hands, but he maintains remarkable control at top speed, even through contact. Also, not only is Chandler a potent scorer both from beyond the arc and when attacking the hoop, but he exhibits keen awareness when delivering laser-like passes to his open teammates. He’s a strong rebounder and defender to boot.

Before we delve into his individual remarks about his finalists, let’s look at what Chandler recently told Pro Insight in regards to when he plans to make a final decision:

“I’m not going to narrow my list again, but I’m trying to see how this all plays out because I plan to take five official visits to all of my top five schools and go from there. That’s my plan, to wait, take my five officials in the fall, and then see when the best time for me to commit is.”

Now, let’s see what Chandler had to say about each of those with a chance to be on the receiving end of that commitment, beginning with the Duke basketball recruiters’ top rival in recent years…