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Kentucky gets its playmaker with Shai Alexander

Kentucky kicks off its 2017 guard class thanks to the commitment and signing from Shai Alexander, a top-60 recruit out of Canada.
14, Nov 2016

Kentucky gets its playmaker with Shai Alexander

One of the top available lead guards out of the 2017 class, Shai Alexander has been a highly talked about ballplayer for the past few weeks. After backing away from his commitment to Florida last month, the Canadian guard swiftly cut down his list of schools to a final seven, then to a final five, before then committing to Kentucky today, a week after taking an official visit to the SEC campus.

Blessed with great size standing over 6-foot-4 and someone that has some of the best vision and passing skills from all throughout the land, Wildcat faithful will come to love the Hamilton Heights product. While there has been some nitpicking of the current roster in Lexington in regards to their guards’ abilities to make shots, the same could pop up surrounding Alexander next year. However, the top-60 recruit has put in major time with his jump shot, something that should enable for difficult matchup issues during his collegiate playing days and beyond.

A long and smooth lead guard that is a table setter of sorts where Alexander enjoys making others better before he looks for his own shots, the Canadian should thrive playing alongside the typical five-star talent that John Calipari throws out onto the playing floor. His first step is second to none and by throwing in his feel and passing acumen, Alexander could be someone handed the reins of the offense from the get-go next season.

Beating out the likes of Florida, NC State, Syracuse, and Kansas for his signature, Alexander is a versatile defender out on the perimeter that has the length and quickness to guard all three backcourt positions. Add in his unselfishness on the opposing side of the floor and Big Blue Nation now has its first commitment from a guard recruit in the 2017 class.

The third commitment in all, Alexander will join five-star big men PJ Washington and Nick Richards, two recent pick-ups for the SEC blueblood, where the trio of talent will bring immediate production skills to Lexington next fall. Expect for the Kentucky to chase after a few more pieces in the backcourt as they remain heavily involved for the likes of Trae Young, Quade Green, Lonnie Walker, and Hamidou Diallo.


Corey Evans has been a member of the HoopSeen family since the summer of 2015. He brings a wealth of experience in scouring the nation in evaluation some of the top prospects from coast-to-coast, and in also finding some of the more under-the-radar prospects from various locales. The managing editor on site, Evans has run a college scouting service, the Roundball Rundown Report, since 2012, as he works with over 100 division-1 college basketball programs from both sides of the nation. Based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Evans is the primary national contributor at HoopSeen which has broadened the scope of information included within the site itself. 

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