Commit: Kentucky flips former BYU top-35 prospect Collin Chandler

Collin Chandler has flipped his commitment from BYU to Kentucky.
Fans were excited during the announcement for new Kentucky head coach Mark Pope at Rupp Arena in
Fans were excited during the announcement for new Kentucky head coach Mark Pope at Rupp Arena in / Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal / USA

Kentucky basketball got its first big time roster addition of the offseason as former top-35 prospect Collin Chandler committed to the Wildcats.

Chandler was part of the 2022 recruiting class when he committed to BYU and Mark Pope, but a two-year mission trip had him set to debut during the 2024-25 season.

Chandler is a 6-foot-4 and 170-pound combo guard who was ranked as the No. 37 overall prospect in the class and No. 6 combo guard.

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

"This journey has already taken me to places i could never have imagined," Chandler told 247Sports. "Growing up, my biggest dream was to play against the best players in the world. I am beyond grateful to be given the opportunity to do just that. Through the past couple of days, the path I had before envisioned has been blurred. After talking with my family and many prayers, this vision has become clearer than ever. I am humbled to get the opportunity to continue this journey at the University of Kentucky! Go Wildcats!"

Kentucky had already lost seven players from last season, including guards DJ Wagner and Rob Dillingham.

Chandler is a terrific start to rebuilding the roster but now all the attention turns to the impending decision from projected lottery pick Reed Sheppard.

Chandler also will likely not be the only player from BYU to follow Mark Pope to Kentucky, as there are some other to keep an eye on.

Chandler will be 21 years old when he steps foot on campus this summer.