2018 NBA Draft Prospect: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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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.

 

Chelsea |@coyerr

 

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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