“I have decided to declare for the 2020 NBA draft,” Whitney told ESPN. “I truly believe in my development and grind. I want to thank my coaches, fans, trainers and family for ongoing support. My journey will be inspiring to kids and athletes all over the globe.”
Whitney signed with Kentucky as No. 12 recruit in the 2019 ESPN 100 after being named a McDonalds All-American. Despite entering his freshman season a projected lottery pick, Whitney struggled to adjust to the college game.
He averaged just 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in just 13 minutes per game and ended up suddenly withdrawing from UK in January.
Despite his struggles, he is still ranked 80th in the ESPN 100. Givony reports that Whitney is still expected to draw some second-round interest from NBA teams.
“During the pre-draft process, I’m hoping to show every NBA team what so many others know I’m already capable of,” Whitney told ESPN. “These past few months, I’ve been really focused on my individual development and refining many of my skills: tightening up my shot mechanics, ball handling, pick and roll reads, passing, and understanding NBA terminology.
As of now, The NBA draft is scheduled for June 25, but that is subject to change due to the coronavirus outbreak.