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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drafted by the Charlotte Hornets at No. 11, traded to Clippers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander signs deal with Nike. (© Brad Penner | USATSI)

Former Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the No. 11 pick, becoming the 19th lottery pick of the Calipari Era.

He was then immediately traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 12 pick and two future second-round picks.

One of the lowest ranked recruits in Kentucky’s 2017 class, Shai proved to be invaluable, his ability to get to the rim at times the Cats’ only offense. After taking over the starting point guard job in January, he averaged 16.4 points, 5.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds over the final 22 games of the season. He won Most Valuable Player honors at the SEC Tournament after averaging a team-best 21.0 points, 6.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent from the floor.

“Shai’s development is a story I’ll tell our players for the rest of my career,” John Calipari said when Shai announced he was going pro. “When we talk about building your own confidence and conquering yourself, Shai is the perfect example.”

After Gilgeous-Alexander was officially drafted, Coach Cal released this video:

In the John Calipari era, Kentucky has now produced 33 NBA Draft picks over eight seasons, including 25 first-round selections, three No. 1 overall picks, 13 top-10 selections and 19 lottery picks.

Congrats, Shai.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drafted by the Charlotte Hornets at No. 11, traded to Clippers



  1. KYFAN4LYFE
    9:05 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    SGA and Fox will be going head-to-head in Cali…I love it.



  2. Soylentbeans
    9:10 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Is cal not there this year?



    • KYFAN4LYFE
      9:21 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

      Yes. He was shown with both SGA and Knox’s tables.



    • Ridge Runner
      9:46 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

      and…. Spike Lee



  3. 4everUKblue
    9:12 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Good luck Shai!



  4. CHUCKCTSV
    9:41 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    SEC pretty tough in Bball too. 4 players drafted in the first 15.



  5. Kentucky Packrat
    9:43 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    I’m really glad he was drafted where he was drafted, but man, what couch had to die so that he could wear that suit?



  6. damage_control
    9:54 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    The hornets are such a dumpster fire. Hate that Monk is stuck there behind a bunch of ball hogs. I thought maybe MJ was signaling that they were finally ready to move on from Kemba but evidently they can’t live without his 20 shots a game.



    • KYFAN4LYFE
      10:11 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

      The Hornets will ALWAYS be a dumpster fire, as long as M.J. is in charge there. As great as he was as a basketball player, he’s almost equally as BAD as an NBA owner/exec.



    • Greatcatfan
      11:21 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

      I’m suprised Trea Young wasn’t the deal so he can replay his OK career and shoot 50 shots to go with Kemba’s.



  7. KYFAN4LYFE
    9:58 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Down to pick #22, and Diallo, Gabriel, and Vanderbilt still haven’t even been mentioned by name, let alone made Bilas’s “Best Available” list, which has been pretty much spot-on thus far. It’s looking very likely that those guys are gonna be G-League bound….not that we should be surprised. Gabriel is really the one that hurts to see in this position, because he stuck around for that rare 2nd year, and likely should have stayed for a degree.



    • Greatcatfan
      11:27 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

      Gabriel figured to stay in even if he had to play overseas, his family is in to much of a hardship. Vanderbilt is a health risk but will probably go 2nd round. If Diallo had preformed to his athleticism and played better D he wouldn’t be in this spot, a lot of teams don’t know if they can trust his work ethic.