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:
— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) June 22, 2018
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.