WICHITA,KS (TCV) — Wichita-area Sunrise Christian Academy features two of the top 16 basketball recruits in America, Kennedy Chandler and Kendall Brown. Their loaded roster is also supplied with top 50 prospects Zach Clemence and Jaden Akins.
In the latest CBS Sports poll, Sunrise Christian Academy is ranked No. 3 in the country.
Star guard Chandler will be suiting up for the Tennessee Volunteers next season. A five-star prospect, Chandler is ranked by ESPN as the nation's top point guard in the Class of 2021, and the No. 10 overall player in the class.
The 6-foot-1, 170 pound dynamo selected the Vols over a host of suitors in hot pursuit, including the likes of Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, and North Carolina. Originally hailing from Memphis, Chandler transferred to Wichita-area Sunrise Christian Academy for his senior campaign, helping the school to a 7-1 record to start the season.
Chandler has already been tabbed as a Sports Illustrated All-American, and has an above-average chance of being named a McDonald's All-American. A recent article by SI.com, profiling Chandler, discussed his elite-level athleticism. The article noted that Chandler possesses a potent combination of "speed, quickness, shiftiness, three-level scoring ability, and vision to dominate the competition consistently."
Chandler shined over the summer at the high-profile Nike Elite Youth League Peach Jam, leading his MOKAN Elite squad to the championship. As a junior last season at Briarcrest Christian in Eads, Tennessee, Chandler averaged 22 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.5 steals per contest. Prior to transferring to Sunrise, Chandler was named the state of Tennessee's Mr. Basketball in back-to-back seasons as a sophomore and junior.
Brown, a 6-foot-7, 200 pound small forward, is ranked No. 16 nationally by Rivals Hoops. The five-star recruit tallied 19 scholarship offers, eventually signing a national-letter-of-intent with the Baylor Bears.
Clemence, a 6-foot-10 power forward, is the No. 35 ranked player in the 2021 class, and has committed to the Kansas Jayhawks. A four-star combo guard, the 6-foot-3, 175 pound Akins has committed to the Michigan State Spartans. Akins is ranked No. 48 overall in the Class of 2021.
Also on the Sunrise roster is Gradey Dick, Rivals Hoops' No. 33 ranked player out of the Class of 2022. The 6-foot-7, 195-pound small forward is thought to be leaning to KU.
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