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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wanted to “go lift” after SEC Tourney win

For most, 29 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes would warrant a night off or, at the very least, a nap. But according to Coach John Calipari, SEC Tournament MVP Shai Gilgeous-Alexander left Saint Louis and immediately asked when he could get back in the weight room.

“He’s asking the strength coach, ‘Coach, what time can we lift? I want to go lift?,'” Calipari said. “‘You just got the MVP of the thing and you played almost every minute.’ ‘Well, yeah, but let’s go, let’s get something in.’ And you wonder why he’s playing well?”

For those who have been following Cal’s comments about Gilgeous-Alexander all season, this isn’t out of character at all for the freshman – for the past few months, Calipari has consistently praised his work ethic. If you wanted to, you could find dozens of examples of Calipari commending the guard not only for his game-time performance, but also his dedication in the classroom, the film room, the weight room… you get the point. After Kentucky’s conference title-clinching victory over Tennessee, Cal once again applauded the tournament MVP.

“Here’s what he is: 7:00 in the morning, he’ll go in and get shots up, then 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 although Gilgeous-Alexander is also a freshman, Calipari recognizes he’s the role model this team needs – and he isn’t afraid to use Shai’s level of constant effort as the standard.

“If you want what he’s getting, then you’ve got to invest what he’s investing,” Calipari said. “If you invest a lot, you’re going to get a lot.”

And I think we can all agree, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander deserves a lot.


Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

6 Comments for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wanted to “go lift” after SEC Tourney win

  1. UKantstopus
    10:25 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

    Poster child for hard work pays off… Very happy and proud of the young man… Will be missed if he leaves…

  2. aj007
    10:38 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

    Would be an absolute monster if he stayed a few years. Would put up unholy kind of numbers. But whatever he decides to do, I wish him the best.

  3. unbridled
    10:50 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

    If the mock drafts are projecting him as a first rounder or a possible lottery pick….he has to go and that’s phenomenal!! SGA, is a straight up baller. So fun to watch.

    • Rembrandt
      6:57 am March 13, 2018 Permalink

      Gilgeous-Alexander is gone. He is a lottery pick, or just outside the lottery. Quickley was signed to be next year’s point guard. Quade Green will be back, and Herro is coming. The drama will be whether Diallo and Baker will be part of our team next year. Right now, I would guess both will be back. If not, then Cal might need to find one more guard somewhere.

  4. makeitstop
    11:28 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

    He’s earned it. If he’s going to be a lottery pick, more power to him. It’s a lesson to guys w more raw talent and press clippings that a little less talent and a lot more work pays dividends. As Thomas Jefferson said “90% of success in life is luck and I find the harder I work, the luckier I get.”