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.”