Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who emerged as UK’s point guard and floor leader, announced Monday that he will enter his name in the June 21 NBA Draft.
Gilgeous-Alexander, who said he will end his college career by hiring an agent, is widely projected as a lottery pick in mock drafts: the 14th pick according to SI.com and the 12th pick by NBAdraft.net and ESPN.com.
Gilgeous-Alexander became the third Kentucky player to announce he will enter this year’s draft.
ESPN analyst Jay Bilas called Gilgeous-Alexander “the most talented of the group” of UK players in the draft.
Former UK All-American Kenny Walker saw Gilgeous-Alexander joining Knox as likely lottery picks.
Photos from the 2017-2018 Kentucky basketball season of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Gilgeous-Alexander, who averaged 14.4 points, established himself as Kentucky’s point guard in early January.
He had 38 assists and 32 turnovers in seven losses as UK’s starting point guard.
So it did not seem coincidental that Kentucky won the Southeastern Conference Tournament with Gilgeous-Alexander leading the way.
He averaged 21 points, five rebounds and 6.7 assists in being named SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player.