Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Nike/Jon Lopez)

Breaking down Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

What will senior guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander bring to Kentucky next season? Here's a breakdown of the talented guards game.

Four-star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hasn't quite received the same amount of hype as his fellow recruits in Kentucky's 2017 recruiting class, but he's certainly a big piece to John Calipari's puzzle.

Gilgeous-Alexander, who stands 6-foot-5, is particularly intriguing because of his ability to play both on and off the ball and he's effective doing both. He plays both positions for Chattanooga (Tenn.) Hamilton Heights just like he will for the Wildcats.

At his size, Gilgeous-Alexander has long arms and impressive frame. He's already added weight to it and will continue to do so once he makes his way to a college weight room. 

Gilgeous-Alexander has instincts as a playmaker and is a very talented passer with good vision. Over the summer in the FIBA u18 Americas event, he averaged 5.4 assists a game. 

Since that event, Gilgeous-Alexander has improved as a shooter from long-range. Although he still shoots somewhat of a set shot, he does shoot it with more consistency and is having a good year from that standpoint, as he's shooting 39-percent from three.

Defensively, Gilgeous-Alexander has plenty of potential, as he’s a multi-positional defender that will likely spend time guarding point guards, shooting guards and small forwards. He moves his feet well laterally, is a good all around athlete and his 6-foot-9 wingspan will certainly help him here.

The next steps in his development include continuing the development with his jump shot, especially shooting on the move, as well as making sure he takes care of the ball.

Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 19 points, five rebounds and five assists a game thus far this season. 

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