Before Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leaves Lexington, he wants the Big Blue Nation to know how thankful he is for the opportunity to take his talents to the next level.
Following a well-produced five-minute announcement on SportsCenter, Shai shared this message to fans on Twitter:
I’m so Thankful for this opportunity. Even though I am leaving Kentucky will always be home thanks BBN!!!?? pic.twitter.com/NNWovn1qOa
— Shai Alexander (@shaiglalex) April 9, 2018
ESPN NBA Draft guru Jonathan Givony currently has Gilgeous-Alexander slated to be picked by the L.A. Clippers at No. 12 overall. He broke down SGA’s game and talked to him about the decision.
“This was a very difficult decision,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I’ve loved every moment at Kentucky with my coaches and support staff. Big Blue Nation provides the best support on the planet, and of course my brothers that I’ve been blessed to learn and grow with. I could not have been placed in a better situation. It’s hard to think about what I’d be leaving behind at UK. I love my BBN! They are the best you can ask for.”
John Calipari could not be happier for Shai. Like a proud father, Coach Cal will use the Canadian point guard as an example for many years to come.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s development is a story I’ll tell our players for the rest of my career. When we talk about building your own confidence and conquering yourself, Shai is the perfect example.
You’re talking about a kid who had the physical tools and had the potential to be in this position, but he elevated his game because he woke up at 7 a.m. every day to work out, was the best in the weight room, watched film and never missed class.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ve never met a kid who is undisciplined off the court be disciplined on it. Shai’s entire life is disciplined, and it’s not forced by others around him.
He’s done this because he’s put in the work, and it’s that attitude and mindset that will ensure his success at the next level. I couldn’t be more proud of him and I know that whatever team gets him is going to get a young man that will bring a winning mentality.