Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Randy Sartin USA TODAY Sports)
2018 NBA Draft Prospect: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Standing at 6’6”, Canadian Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander entered the Kentucky Wildcats roster at No. 31 in the Class of 2017. Gilgeous-Alexander began his college career at Kentucky on the bench, only starting 2 out of his first 15 games. Once he was able to get playing time, Gilgeous-Alexander became one of the team’s top scorer.
Gilgeous-Alexander had a personal high scoring and a double-double (17 pts/ 10 ast) against Ole Miss. He also had 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 1 steal while playing for 37 minutes. Gilgeous-Alexander was also named All-Freshman and second team All-SEC this year. The Bluegrass Sports Commission also awarded him as the Most Valuable Player.
Gilgeous-Alexander ended his season at Kentucky averaging 14 ppg in 33.7 minutes, 4.1 rpg, 5.1 apg, and 1.6 steals per game. On the free throw line he made 81% of his shots and completed 40% of his 3s.
Strengths: Gilgeous-Alexander is good on defense and with the help of his 7ft wingspan he is able to get to the line in time. He is a successful shooter at the 3 and free throw line. Gilgeous-Alexander is capable of breaking away from opponents and into the paint with ease. He is self-aware of his body and can control it during important plays when driving the ball in or when passing.
Weaknesses: Although Gilgeous-Alexander has shown improvement during his stint at Kentucky, he will need to gain more skills into the NBA. He needs to develop more as a guard and get a slightly bigger built to defend the ball. Gilgeous-Alexander has a tendency to turnover the ball during crucial points in the game.
Overall Gilgeous-Alexander is a quick learner and works hard to become a better skilled player. Gilgeous-Alexander will most likely get picked somewhere in the mid to late first round.
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