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There is a competition for Kentucky’s starting point guard spot

It has long been assumed that Quade Green will be Kentucky’s starting point guard, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is going to make him earn it.

Gilgeous-Alexander’s size impressed everyone who watched Kentucky’s televised pro day last weekend, so it should come as no surprise that he is in the mix for the job.

When asked, John Calipari said, “Quade and Shai right now are competing. It’s a great battle. I’m starting one and then I’ll flip them and start the other. I say ‘start,’ I’ll put them with different groups to watch them.”

“Hami could play it in a pinch,” Cal added, suggesting it could be a three-way competition. “We’re a good enough handling team that you could play basically without a point guard. But our teams have been centered on having guys out there that can really control the game somewhat. So I would say two. And they can play together, by the way, because Shai is big.”

In football they say, “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one.” But for Kentucky’s point guard situation, I like the thought of Green and Gilgeous-Alexander competing for (and sharing) the job as they each bring different elements to the floor.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

15 Comments for There is a competition for Kentucky’s starting point guard spot



  1. Angelo
    3:47 pm October 12, 2017 Permalink

    Big is better! Let’s give Shai a shot.



  2. 8xchamp
    4:42 pm October 12, 2017 Permalink

    I’m already sick of hearing the word hami, gonna be a long year.



  3. BobNWeaver
    4:47 pm October 12, 2017 Permalink

    Two reliable point guards is better than one (or none!)



    • Luether
      6:57 pm October 12, 2017 Permalink

      Not sure, yet, that either will be “reliable”…



    • Cletis75
      9:00 pm October 12, 2017 Permalink

      But we can always rely on you, Luether, to be a negative Nancy.



  4. BobNWeaver
    4:48 pm October 12, 2017 Permalink

    Also, teams are going to play a packed-in zone defense, so whichever can hit open 3s has the advantage.



    • Angelo
      7:23 pm October 12, 2017 Permalink

      Brad will save us!!



  5. Youremyboyblue
    5:28 pm October 12, 2017 Permalink

    8xchamp, more like 8xchump. What a dumbass. Why would you even think something like that?



  6. Rabbi Li
    8:22 pm October 12, 2017 Permalink

    Drew said, “It has long been assumed that Quade Green will be Kentucky’s starting point guard, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is going to make him earn it.”

    Only someone who didn’t watch these 2 players in high school would assume that.