UNC Basketball: The latest on 5-star guard, UNC target Kennedy Chandler

The latest on 5-star point guard and UNC basketball target Kennedy Chandler

The North Carolina men’s basketball program is in serious need of a quality point guard, what with the injury to current star freshman Cole Anthony, and the overall lack of depth in the Tar Heels’ back court. Anthony will be gone next season, and the other guards on the UNC roster are largely unproven.

Roy Williams and company do, however, have a commitment from 5-star lead guard Caleb Love. The top-25 point guard prospect from the class of 2020 will be joining the program next fall. But as we’ve seen in years past, Love could be gone after just one season in Chapel Hill, leaving the Tar Heels in a potentially precarious situation moving forward.

That’s why North Carolina is aggressively pursuing Kennedy Chandler, the No. 2-ranked point guard in the class of 2021. Regardless of whether or not Love sticks around for more than one season, or if any of the current Tar Heels develop into a full-time lead guard, Chandler would offer them a terrific option at the point guard position the following season.

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A 6-foot-1, 160-pound point guard out of Memphis, Tennessee, Chandler already had nearly 30 scholarship offers when he announced his top-10 list last week. It’s Duke, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee and USC that he’ll be moving forward with, a list that screams prestige from top to bottom.

He’s already made official visits to Ole Miss and Tennessee, and taken unofficial trips to Kansas and Memphis. He’ll be at Duke on an unofficial visit this weekend before taking trips Florida State, Michigan and Kentucky in February. According to Rivals recruiting analyst Eric Bossi, Duke, Kentucky, Memphis and Tennessee are the early leaders for Chandler, but he concedes that there’s a long way to go in his recruitment.

We’ll fairly safely assume that North Carolina will get a visit at some point, since Chandler included the Tar Heels in his top-10. There’s been no mention of that yet, though, and no time table for when it might happen.

Chandler is the No. 15 prospect in the class of 2021 according to the 247Sports Composite. He’s the second-ranked player at his position, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Tennessee.

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