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Calipari, players on SEC Tournament MVP Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander won SEC Tournament MVP for his incredible run this weekend, a well-deserved honor for a player who has carried Kentucky in conference play. Afterwards, Kevin Knox and Wenyen Gabriel said they couldn’t be happier for their teammate, whose hard work has definitely paid off.

“Shai has the ball in his hands a lot during the game, and he’s really grown over the year and be able to get his points and get other people involved,” Knox said. “I think right now he’s playing his best basketball because he’s one of our leaders. He knows he’s getting better with the decision-making. Late in the game, he made some huge plays, knocked down some free throws, and found people. He’s also doing it on the defensive end. He’s really good defensively, and he’s playing really well right now.”

“Shai makes a bunch of big plays for us,” Wenyen said. “He controlled the offense. He has a ton of energy all over the court. Just show his leadership on the court, feeds off the rest of us, and we’re just really proud of him.”

John Calipari once again told reporters that Shai set the example for the rest of the team to follow.

“Here’s what he is. 7:00 in the morning, he’ll go in and get shots up, goes to class. Never late for a class, doesn’t miss. He then will come up and watch film with the coaches. He wants to know where his turnovers are, what he’s got to do better, what do they say, so we can see it. Never misses a tutor. In the weight room, he’s the best in the weight room. On the court, when we practice, he brings it every day. And he’s blossomed because of it. What a great lesson for the rest of my players. Do you wonder why he’s doing what he’s doing? He didn’t come in as our best player. This is his approach. How about you? I’m tired. Excuse me? We think he’s got a different body than you have. So these guys respect what he’s doing.”

Thanks, Shai.


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6 Comments for Calipari, players on SEC Tournament MVP Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

  1. Alleykat16
    4:21 pm March 11, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve really liked what he has done since the beginning of the year. Beside a few mistakes he had a great tournament. He deserved MVP of the tournament, a player that leads this team on the floor in games and as Cal continues to say in the gym and classroom

    • Duuuuuude
      4:28 pm March 11, 2018 Permalink

      I agree. I would compare him a bit with Brandon Knight maybe? He is not blazing fast but makes good decisions….. does not shoot as well.

  2. vandzandz
    4:24 pm March 11, 2018 Permalink

    Hopefully someone can help me out. Any idea of the names of the refs in today’s game?

  3. Blue Jesus
    5:27 pm March 11, 2018 Permalink

    It’s amazing the improvement he’s made this year. When we first started to fall in love with him at the beginning of the year it was all about his defense and work ethic, but it was widely acknowledged that Quade needed the ball in his hands to make the offense click. Tonight, there was one play where someone–Wenyen maybe?–made a dumb pass that was basically a jump ball, which Shai won over the UT player. At that point it was 5 on 4, and he hesitated at the arc, saw the defender stuck between himself and Knox, and he drove hard into the paint drawing that guy out. Right on the money he hit Knox, who knocked down a wide open three. I rewinded and watched that play a half-dozen times, just so happy to have Shai on the team.

    If he’s gone after this year I’ll be as sad to see him go as any player in the Cal era… but if anyone deserves it, he does! I think he’ll strive in the NBA, too. Kawhi-esque.

    • Blue Jesus
      5:28 pm March 11, 2018 Permalink

      ***thrive no strive

  4. Ettish
    5:58 pm March 11, 2018 Permalink

    Well deserved.