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Watch Highlights from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s ESPN2 Appearance

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Playing against Penny Hardaway’s Memphis East High School, Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 20 points and dished out nearly ten assists to lead Hamilton Heights to a 72-64 victory in front of a nationally televised audience.

Gilgeous-Alexander’s best assets are his quickness and ball control.  He did not show much of his shooting range.  Instead he got his teammates open from deep.  Using subtle moves, SGA is not flashy, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t make some highlights.

This up-and-under between four defenders iced the game.

He never shied away from contact at the rim.

If you couldn’t tell yet, he runs the fast break well.

He makes the one-handed pass look easy.

Arguably his filthiest move from the night.

Watch more highlights after the jump.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Watch Highlights from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s ESPN2 Appearance



  1. Kyblue34
    12:17 am December 2, 2016 Permalink

    Reminds me of Liggins a little bit. Good ball handler, passer, and finisher, but his outside shooting looked pretty bad. His 4-star rating is accurate. I think he will be a solid contributor down the road, but not sure how much he can contribute next year.



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:22 am December 2, 2016 Permalink

      “Reminds me of Saul Smith a little bit. Good ball handler, passer, and finisher, but his outside shooting looked pretty bad. His 4-star rating is accurate. I think he will be a solid contributor down the road, but not sure how much he can contribute next year.” – Kyblue34, on Tyler Ulis



    • Kyblue34
      9:39 am December 2, 2016 Permalink

      Step away from the crack pipe, Mrs. Barnhart!



    • UK Big Board Update
      10:00 am December 2, 2016 Permalink

      Where did you get that comeback? The toilet store?



  2. [email protected]
    12:25 am December 2, 2016 Permalink

    He sure as hell doesn’t appear to have much difficulty getting to the basket. His ability to play under control with the ball in his hands is obvious. He has deceptive speed and plays with confidence. He’s not fast but he’s quick. He reminds me of Alan Houston from Louisville that played for his dad at Tenn. He doesn’t have Houston’s range but he moves like Houston with the ball.



  3. A_Blue_Wildcat
    1:06 am December 2, 2016 Permalink

    Definitely reminds me of Liggins. A 6’6″ PG who’s long, deceptively athletic (elusive quickness but not great speed or hops), drives well and finishes through contact, and a jumpshot that needs improvement. Heck if he’s a good defender (hard to tell by that game, his team was just playing a soft zone) and hustle player he’ll be pretty much identical. Doubt he’ll be a star his first year, but if he doesn’t transfer he could definitely be a great 3 or 4 year college player.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:29 am December 2, 2016 Permalink

      Like Liggins, he is a 4-star because he has 5-star talent and only 3-star development thus far. Look at what Cal did for Liggins in only one year. Now imagine being able to have 2-3 years to work with a kid like this. Awesome.



  4. UKfanman01
    5:17 am December 2, 2016 Permalink

    @Matt Jones. Don’t forget, talking about down SEC basketball, about Tennessee losing to Chattanooga



  5. MarkTheShark
    11:01 am December 2, 2016 Permalink

    If we’re drawing comparisons from the Cal era, I’ll go Archie Goodwin. Attacks the rim well, doesn’t appear to shoot very well (at least from what I’ve seen), and very athletic. Hopefully this kid isn’t out of control most of the time like Goodwin was on the hardwood.



  6. fauxbobknight
    1:38 pm December 2, 2016 Permalink

    nearly 10 assists?