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BIRTHDATE: 9/16/02

POSITION: Point Guard

HEIGHT: 6'0"


SCHOOL/ TEAM: Tennessee

CLASS: Freshman 




  • Quick first step; has the speed to shift defenses 

  • Good athlete; gets game dunks 

  • Efficient and confident shooter 

  • Very good shooter when feet are set 

  • Shifty ball handler 

  • Looks to attack in open floor 

  • Changes pace and speeds off the dribble

  • Good pace to his game; under control 

  • Comfortable playing on or off the ball 

  • A knack for getting steals; quick active hands 

  • Multiple effort defender 

  • Moves the ball around; Solid game manager

  • Crafty finisher around the rim 

  • Heart and desire 

  • Surprisingly good shot blocker 


  • Some teams may be scared to selected a small guard in the lottery

  • Can be turnover prone

  • Shoots flat footed set shot from 3

  • May struggle finishing at rim against length

  • Must improve soft touch finishes/ floaters 

  • Not a dynamic passer or playmaker at this stage in his career

Tennessee freshman point guard Kennedy Chandler was a consensus 5 star recruit and many considered him the top point guard and top NBA prospect in his graduating class.


So far the Memphis area native has had a smooth adjustment to college basketball.


Through 6 games Chandler is averaging 14.3 ppg, 5.2 apg a shade under 3 rebounds. His energy, effort and active hands on defense have helped him collect 2.7 steals per game.


Now 16 steals in 6 games is pretty impressive. But I’ve been more impressed with the fact that the 6’0' Chandler has blocked a shot in every game but one and also has 3 dunks this season. He has more dunks than some projected lottery picks who are 10 inches taller!


Chandlers scoring efficiency and outside shooting has really stood out to me. His  48/50/100 shooting splits will be nearly impossible to maintain, but then again those numbers would be even better if not for the 1-9 shooting performance vs Villanova..


He bounced back the next night with a 14 points 8 assists and 5 rebounds game on 6-13 from the floor vs North Carolina. 


Tennessee’s next few games against Colorado, Texas Tech, cross state rival Memphis followed up by a matchup vs Arizona will be major tests before Chandler's second semester also known as the start of conference play…


Rafael Barlowe - December 4, 2021






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