The Kentucky Wildcats have a stranglehold on the No. 1 class in 2017. One of the big pieces to that is point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Gilgeous-Alexander is a good athlete who can play either backcourt spot, and is working hard to be ready right away in Lexington.
“I think I have played okay this year,” said Gilgeous-Alexander. “Obviously nobody is perfect, so there is room to improve. As a team we have lost a few games we shouldn’t have, but we are working to get better, and I think we continue to get better.”
Individually Gilgeous-Alexander knows that to play at the highest level he has to continue to improve. When asked what he is focused on with his improvement, Gilgeous-Alexander said, “I’ve been focusing on my jump shot, and also my strength so I can be ready for the next level.”
While Gilgeous-Alexander is of course busy with his own season, he watches Kentucky as much as possible, and likes what he has seen from the Wildcats.
“It is exciting when I see how they play fast and get up and down,” said Gilgeous-Alexander. “I like how they play, I watch them as much as I can, and I can’t wait to go there. I am very excited.”
With the likely departures of players such as Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox, Gilgeous-Alexander knows there will be minutes available for him, and current Wildcat boss John Calipari has told him what the expectations are coming in.
“He told me to be ready to lead and be ready to get guys in positions to score, while also picking my spots individually and scoring myself,” noted Gilgeous-Alexander.
On Friday night Gilgeous-Alexander’s Hamilton Heights team fell to IMG Academy, but Gilgeous-Alexander did lead all scorers with 21 points.