Class of 2019 forward Kahlil Whitney is the focus of a major recruiting battle

Four-star forward Kahlil Whitney adjusted well to playing at a power program in New Jersey as a sophomore, and now he is the subject of a major recruiting battle.

As a freshman at a small school in Chicago Kahlil Whitney didn't feel challenged. The highly athletic and talented forward felt he could cruise by. Since then he transferred to New Jersey powerhouse Roselle Catholic, and Whitney has continued to improve his game while also seeing his recruitment pick up.

"At first it was tough to adapt to the level of play," said Whitney. "As a freshman in Chicago at Solorio, everybody handed me everything. Going to Roselle Catholic where there were more talented players, I had to prove myself and earn everything."

On the recruiting trail Whitney says he is hearing from numerous programs.

"St. John's, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, DePaul, Kansas, Connecticut, and Illinois have been talking to me," said Whitney.

During the year Whitney had a chance to make visits to both Seton Hall and Rutgers.

About Rutgers, Whitney said, "They are players’ coaches. They tell me that they want to get me better and get me to the highest level of basketball which I like."

Whitney's father, Kelly, was a star at Seton Hall in the early 2000's, but Kahlil says that won't be a big factor in his recruitment.

About Seton Hall, Whitney said, "My dad playing there doesn’t matter to me. I just liked the atmosphere there and it is a good school with good coaches."

Another school that has picked up the pace in this recruitment is Syracuse. The Orange have offered Whitney, and continue to make him an early priority recruit.

"I like Syracuse," said Whitney of the Orange. "They have offered me and I like their style of play. Coach (Jim) Boeheim is a great coach, and they say I’d fit in well with how they play."

For now Whitney isn't focused on his recruitment. He is simply trying to get better.

When asked what he is hoping to improve on this spring, Whitney said, "I am working to be more aggressive. I am trying to rebound better, and also improve my ability to put the ball on the floor."

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