5 BYU players Mark Pope should bring with him to Kentucky

Here's a look at some of the key BYU players Mark Pope should look at bringing with him to Kentucky.
Feb 24, 2024; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Brigham Young Cougars head coach Mark Pope talks to guard
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Collin Chandler
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5. Collin Chandler (Freshman; 6-4, 170)

This is a name that people may have forgotten. Chandler was a high-profile recruit two seasons ago in the class of 2022, but he took a two-year mission trip and was set to begin his freshman season in 2024-25.

Chandler was ranked the No. 37 overall player in the 2022 class in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and the No. 6 overall combo guard.

Chandler had offers from Arizona, Oregon, USC, Gonzaga and numerous other programs coming out of high school.

"A competitive guard who always plays in attack mode, Chandler is still a baby physically but has great length, burst, and solid skill. He beats defenders off the rip or bounce with an excellent first step," 247Sports national analyst Brandon Jenkins said when Chandler committed to BYU. "A plus athlete who is bouncy and is an exciting athletic finisher at and above the rim, Chandler thrives in transition and enjoys attacking the cup when driving lanes are available.

"He is a great shooter off the catch or dribble and knocks down the three-point shot with consistency. He still needs to improve his handle on the ball versus high pressure but Chandler will likely thrive in Pope's up-tempo system with his playstyle."

Chandler will be 21 this year, so he's a mature freshman. His body will have likely filled out a bit as well, but it's two years without consistent basketball. So, it's a bit risky to bring him from BYU to the SEC style. But, his skill will translate and his upside is right there.

(Update: Chandler flipped his commitment from BYU to Kentucky on Tuesday morning)