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Former Vol basketball player Kennedy Chandler is staying home to play for the Grizzlies

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – The chef will continue to cook in West Tennessee. Former UT guard Kennedy Chandler was selected by San Antonio 38th overall in the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

The Spurs traded Chandler to Memphis for a future second-round pick and cash considerations.

Chandler chose to watch the draft on television with his family in his hometown of Memphis. The 2022 SEC Tournament MVP and freshman All-American brings speed, defensive prowess and a high level of basketball IQ to the Grizzlies.

The six-footer finished his first and only season at Tennessee with high team averages in points (13.9), assists (4.7) and steals (2.2) per game. Chandler announced he was declaring himself for the draft in early April – shortly after UT’s second-round exit from the NCAA Tournament.

Chandler’s affinity for finding open teammates on offense became evident almost immediately and only improved as the 2022 season progressed. The freshman finished with 161 assists to go along with his 473 points scored, which means Chandler contributed more than a third of Tennessee’s scoring total last season.

Before earning two SEC Freshman of the Week honors, Chandler helped USA Basketball’s U19 team win gold at the FIBA ​​U19 World Cup 2021 averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game to go along with a 1.7 assist-turnover rate.

Chandler was a consensus five-star prospect before arriving on Rocky Top and ranked as the nation’s top point guard in the Class of 2021 by ESPN. A native of Memphis, Chandler prepared for his senior year at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, leading the team to its first-ever appearance in the GEICO National Tournament.

Before moving to Kansas to end his high school career, Chandler earned back-to-back Mr. Basketball honors in Tennessee as a second and junior at Briarcrest Christian School.

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