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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander likely to join Knox next week


Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was all set to announce his decision to leave Kentucky earlier this week, but pushed the announcement back, in part to see what Kevin Knox would do.

Now that Knox is off to the NBA, it’s almost certain Gilgeous-Alexander will follow. The decision is expected to come early next week, probably Monday.

Kentucky’s two All-SEC performers are each considered NBA lottery picks, with Gilgeous-Alexander now projected to go ahead of Knox in the draft. If there were any chance Gilgeous-Alexander would return for another year, it went out the window with Knox’s Friday announcement. The only hope for a second year would’ve been if Knox returned and convinced his good friend and point guard to give it one more try.

After Gilgeous-Alexander, fans’ eyes turn to Hamidou Diallo, who has yet to set a timeline or give any indication as to which way he is leaning. He could announce his intentions at any time, and the same can be said of the others, namely Wenyen Gabriel and Jarred Vanderbilt.

Until then, exhale and enjoy your Friday evening. No more sweating out Kevin Knox.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

31 responses to “Shai Gilgeous-Alexander likely to join Knox next week”

  1. chris43

    Eh I can handle losing Alexander, Knox, and even Diallo…but if anymore leave/transfer it’s going to suck.

    1. ScottGreene22

      Agreed

  2. WatchutalkinboutWillis

    Bigs-SKJ, Richards, PJW, Wenyen, Vanderbilt, Montgomery
    Guards-Herro, Baker, Green, Hagans, Quickley, Johnson, Tandy

    That is 13 players…and that is what I want if in fact Shai and Diallo follow Know to the NBA.

    Is that asking too much?

    1. Jcats24

      Tandy is a junior I thought

    2. WatchutalkinboutWillis

      Ah, well in that case bring back Diallo.

    3. dbookno1

      Or bring in wiseman…

  3. tippytoe

    How old is our snake oil salesman? Can he PLEASE retire?!

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      Is that you, Rick?

  4. TonyMontana

    I think we’re gonna be in good shape next season.

  5. Smyrna_Cat

    Can we go an hour on this site without the need to speculate … again … and again.

    1. BeejeCat

      But I heard that Shai’s cousin’s best friend has an aunt who was teasing him about her quilt making trophy in high school. He really wants to compete with her so I’m 99% certain he’s back to win a championship. Plus he doesn’t need the money because he’s no longer a freshman human and has evolved into a robot.

    2. runningunnin.454

      Odds are against it.

    3. WatchutalkinboutWillis

      I like the speculation. I’m not a big football fan, so I don’t read and comment on football articles…seems like kind of logic hasn’t occurred to you Smyrna

  6. shelby

    Give me pj, jared, quade, sacha, baker, nick, and the incoming freshmen and i can see a final 4 team by season’s end.

  7. Rabbi Li

    Drew said, “Now that Knox is off to the NBA, it’s almost certain Gilgeous-Alexander will follow.”

    This doesn’t pan out at all.

    Shai doesn’t need Kevin Knox to take this team to a Title game. We’ve got the nucleus in place where this team can thrive with Keldon, Harro, & Quickley coming in.

    If Drew’s doom & gloom view of the world was based on fact then Shai would just immediately say “going to NBA” the moment Knox announced.

    If you know something ‘Drew’ then say it… otherwise quit looking like a Negative Nancy.

  8. KYcats11

    I guess people who complain about 1 and dones don’t realize this… Our development at UK is second to none. Shai came in as a 4 star /, projected 2/3 year player, and came out as a lottery pick. What do you want Cal to do? Not coach? Or recruit so low caliber of players that we won’t ever win a single game? But hey, at least they’ll star for 4 years, right?

    1. wyatts1

      One and done is the nbas rule and I think everyone can agree it sucks shit. Unless you like having players for one year and having a new team every year. If you do then you don’t care anything about the history at UK and should move along. If we could get all the top players every year then yeah I say get them, but since everybody typically shares in the recruiting of the top 10 players then it is a must that we get some rope players such as a Willis, or Miller, or do. Cause without those players to help all these new kids coming in then there’s no way we win #9. I hope I’m wrong but idk, we need some glues guys that can help our “top 10 recruits” when they come in, cause they are a large difference between high school ball and college.

    2. KYcats11

      I like winning…

    3. KYcats11

      And im not saying that we don’t need any multiple year players. I definitely think we need those players like Miller, Willis, and Hawkins, and I really hope we get KyKy Tandy.

  9. TB112162

    Tandy is a junior SMH

  10. TB112162

    I bet Knox gets picked before Gilgeous-Alexander in the draft

  11. JTA

    My favorite part about Knox was when he pretended he was actually thinking about coming back, then made a video last week saying he wasn’t.

    1. Booby Petrino

      Your feelings are really hurt, huh? Cheer up, man. It’s not your life.

    2. Booby Petrino

      Hey maybe he made two videos, one with each scenario. Would that make you feel better if he did?

    3. henderblue

      You just blew JTA’s mind.

  12. kybirdieman

    Another one off to the G league. No outside shot.

    1. CatManDo

      40.4% 3-point shooting

    2. kybirdieman

      Where was it against KArate if they can shut him down, what do you think the pros will do. Glad he will probably be another Cal millionaire but him or no one else was a consistent outside threat on last year’s team

  13. Randall lee

    Why keep putting off these decisions. It very selfish on their part knowing Damon good and well what there going to do. I’ve been a member of bbn for 50 years not just 5 months so that gives me the right to say so.

    1. Randall lee

      Why keep putting off these decisions. It very selfish on their part knowing Damon good and well what there going to do. I’ve been a member of bbn for 50 years not just 5 months so that gives me the right to say so.

  14. Randall lee

    Also kycats11 it works pretty good for nova.