The Bluegrass Boys just got a whole lot taller. 7’3″
string bean center Shagari Alleyne is joining the team full of former Wildcats that will be playing for $2 million in The Basketball Tournament.
Shagari came to Kentucky in 2003 with Lukas Obrzut. As a 12-year old I fondly referred to them as “The Twin Towers,” even creating a poster for my locker with the cliched nickname adorned across the top.
At only 271 pounds, Alleyne couldn’t bring the same kind of physicality that Woo brought to the table, playing sparingly during his three seasons. He had a career-high 16 points against Georgia State as a junior and posted back-to-back games double-figures against Indiana and Morehead as a sophomore.
After his junior season, Shagari transferred to Manhattan. After school, he spent a year with the Harlem Globetrotters before heading overseas. His non-basketball ventures might be the most intriguing, acting in an alien movie and partaking in some salsa as a semi-professional dancer.
Shagari will be one of the last additions to the team with only three spots still available. If you haven’t already, make sure you vote for them before tomorrow’s deadline.