Kentucky Offers Shai Alexander After Reopening Recruitment
Since opening up his recruitment two weeks ago, Shai Alexander has received interest from many programs such as; Oklahoma, NC State, Kansas and Syracuse, among others that are looking to fill a guard position for the 2017-2018 season.
Coach John Calipari was the first to extend an offer from Kentucky after visiting Hamilton Heights to watch Alexander.
Alexander has been heralded as a combo guard and while he has skills to play at either position, the Hamilton, Ontario native is better suited at the point guard spot for both college and the pro level.
During NBA Basketball Without Borders in early 2016, several NBA scouts in attendants saw him as a PG as well. This was at a time before he had added the bunnies and strength.
Instincts, vision and overall play making ability for Alexander have all improved gradually throughout the summer during his experience with the National Team as the youngest of the group while around NBA players.
The last Canadian to play a season at Kentucky before heading the NBA was Jamal Murray, who just wrapped up his first regular season game in Toronto for the Denver Nuggets. Windsor’s Mychal Mulder is another Canuck that has entered his senior year at Kentucky.
Murray was expected to play one year and go on to the NBA, Shai Alexander does not have the pressure. Most anticipate the he will be a multi-year student-athlete while he continues to fill out his frame and carve out his niche.
With Isaiah Briscoe expected to head to the pros after this season, Kentucky becomes a likely suitor for this top Canadian point guard.