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UK Freshmen Scout UK Freshmen: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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Way back in August I was able to sit down with each member of the Kentucky Wildcats to talk about the college basketball season ahead, and part of my discussion with the new class of freshmen included a brief scouting report on each of their classmates.

Due to time constraints I was unable to get a complete report from all seven of the new Cats, but here’s what I heard about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander when I asked his fellow freshmen to describe his game.


On Shai Gilgeous-Alexander…

Quade Green: “He’s a very good player. He’s shifty, long, tall. He can shoot the three. He can shoot the midrange. He can get to the rim because he’s so tall. Shai’s a great player to play against.”

Kevin Knox: “Shai, I think is the sleeper of the team. He’s going to have a really good year for us. He can really handle it and make some good, tough layups.”

P.J. Washington: “Shai is like 6-6 — 6-7 with his hair — and athletic. He can shoot. He gets everybody involved and I just love playing with a guy like him.”

Jemarl Baker: “Long. Huge hands. He looks about 6-9, even though he’s like 6-6. He can play. He can handle — good feel for the game.”

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: “I see things a lot of short guys can’t see. Make passes and stuff like that; get my shot off over smaller guards.”


Check out KSR’s full preview story on Gilgeous-Alexander as part of our player-by-player interview series here.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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

3 Comments for UK Freshmen Scout UK Freshmen: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander



  1. Angelo
    4:17 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    6′ 7″ with hair!! Wow! Start him! Give him a chance! Has Cal ever had a point guard that tall? If Cal does not give him a chance it’s because he is green with envy… Cal with hair is not 6′ 1″ tall…



  2. Luether
    6:54 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    This guy will probably get more playing time than he would have on past Ky teams due to the lack of competition. Green is just not in the same class as other point guards that Cal has brought in…



  3. TrumpPence2020
    1:03 pm October 14, 2017 Permalink

    SGA might just be this years Superman…