Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Kentucky Wildcats signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander MVP of Derby Festival Classic

Combo guard goes for 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists in annual all-star game.

Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was named MVP of the Derby Festival Classic on Saturday after leading Team Lightning to a 122-109 victory over Team Thunder at Freedom Hall in Louisville.

Gilgeous-Alexander scored a game-high 29 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists in only 19 minutes of action. The 6-foot-5 combo guard made 12 of 15 shots from the field. He also won the event's 3-point shooting contest.

A native of Canada, Gilgeous-Alexander starred for Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was a member of Canada's U18 national team that won the silver medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas championships.

Gilgeous-Alexander is part of the nation's No. 1 recruiting class that also includes P.J. Washington, Nick Richards, Jarred Vanderbilt, Quade Green, and Jemarl Baker, as well as early enrollee Hamidou Diallo. Kentucky is expected to add at least two more prospects after losing eight players from this year's roster.

First held in 1973, the Derby Festival Classic is the nation's oldest high school all-star game. Past UK greats such as Jack Givens, Rick Robey, Kyle Macy, Rex Chapman, Derek Anderson and Jamal Mashburn have played in the event, as well as a long list of other basketball legends that includes Moses Malone, Isaiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins and Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway.

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