Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Nike/Jon Lopez)

Four-star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander commits to Kentucky

Kentucky added their third 2017 prospect on Monday with the addition of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Four-star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander just verbally committed to Kentucky, according to his coach Zach Ferrell.

"I think Kentucky's pitch to him and what he sees the value is the opportunity to put himself into a position to help him achieve his highest goals through their resume with what they've been able to do so effectively with others before," Ferrell, of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Hamilton Heights, said.

Gilgeous-Alexander, a 6-foot-5 point guard, originally committed to Florida, but backed off that pledge a month ago. Shortly after the recommitted, Gilgeous-Alexander visited UNLV. He then took an official visit to Kentucky the weekend of November 5th. 

Gilgeous-Alexander played for Canada's U18 team in the FIBA Americas event in July. Through five games, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 7.8 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds. 

"The thing with Shai he's the kind of kid that everybody loves playing with," Ferrell said. "Everyone likes to coach him because he does what you ask and has a good attitude. He's unselfish, willing to work and focuses on things that matter."

Gilgeous-Alexander is regarded as the No. 46 overall prospect and the No. 12 point guard in the 2017 class.

"I think what Shai brings to the table is ability to be the kind of floor general and point guard that teammates want to play with and coaches want to coach," Ferrell said.

"He's a ball dominant player because he wants in his hands, but he's not gonna dominate the game w shots, he's going to get get the ball where he needs it to be and gets others shot," he added. "With added talent around him, it's going to allow him to excel and guys enjoy playing time."

Kentucky entered the initial signing period without any commitments in the 2017 class. But John Calipari added five-star recruits PJ Washington and Nick Richards last week and now Gilgeous-Alexander with three days left in the signing period. 

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