A closer look at Whitney's top-four schools

A closer look at Whitney's top-four schools

Five-star talent Kahlil Whitney (left) announced on Monday that Georgetown, Illinois, Kentucky and Oregon are still in the mix to land him. College basketball writer Scott Richey breaks down what each program will use as its selling pitch to the Class of 2019 recruit moving forward:

GEORGETOWN

The Hoyas have more history to sell than current success — not that they're alone in that regard among in Whitney's top four. Georgetown doubled down on that history last season by hiring former three-time All-American Patrick Ewing as coach. A 15-15 record thanks to a weak nonconference schedule was the result, but the Hoyas see a Ewing-led team as the path back to being synonymous with college basketball.

ILLINOIS

Are Illinois ties enough to bring Whitney back home? The Chicago native headed east after his freshman year at Solorio, and he's found plenty of success at New Jersey powerhouse Roselle Catholic. But he returns home every spring and summer to play for Mac Irvin Fire and already has a relationship with Illini guard Ayo Dosunmu. Pairing them together could send Brad Underwood's rebuild into overdrive.

KENTUCKY

Whitney's dominant spring and summer on the Nike EYBL circuit — and rapid rise up the recruiting rankings in the 2019 class — pushed him much closer to "one-and-done" status. No other team in the country can boast the Wildcats' NBA draft success since John Calipari took the reins in Lexington. Kentucky had five first-round picks that first year (2010) and 16 since, including two lottery selections this April.

OREGON

Dana Altman can clearly put together a strong recruiting pitch given his 2018 class ranks third nationally and his four before that were all in the top 25. Landing Whitney would make for at least one five-star recruit in three straight classes. The Ducks' success doesn't hurt their cause, either. They've won at least 20 games each of his eight years in Eugene and are only a season removed from a Final Four run.