DRAFT TRADE: Traded to LA Clippers
About Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a fluid athlete with elite size and came on strong late in his freshman season at Kentucky. A Toronto native, Gilgeous-Alexander’s versatility and length was a key piece of the Canadian team that took home a silver medal at the 2016 FIBA U18 Americas Championship. Finishing his prep career at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Tennessee, Gilgeous-Alexander was considered a consensus top-35 prospects in the high school class of 2017 and perhaps exceeded expectations under John Calipari. The 19-year-old guard played exceptionally well down the stretch and was critical to the Wildcats’ Elite Eight. Finished the year averaging 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game to earn a spot on the All-SEC Second Team.
His mother, Charmaine Gilgeous, competed in the 400-meter dash at the 1992 Summer Olympics for Antigua and Barbuda.
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- Measured 6’6 in shoes with a 6’11.5 wingspan and 180-pound frame at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. Has great size for a shooting guard, let alone a primary ball handler, even if he needs to continue to get stronger. Good athlete who changes speeds well and can get above the rim with a head of steam.
- Finished as Kentucky’s leader in assists and second leading scorer, but played a far more important role in his team’s success than his numbers indicate. Propelled the offense to a different level on the nights he was creating shots dynamically. Did much of his own scoring attacking the rim. Showed promise as a jump shooter in limited attempts, found the open man impressively out of ball screen actions, and was Wildcats’ most disruptive perimeter defender.
- as intriguing two-way potential. Had some of his best moments last season on the defensive end affecting shooters with his length and playing consistently energetic on-ball defense. Allowed only 0.860 points per Spot Up possession[66th percentile] as his size is bothersome to opposing shooters. Already does some positive things defensively, but could grow into a multi-position defender if he can become more physical.