By LARRY VAUGHT
Remember when you first heard that Kentucky freshman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander might be playing himself into the first round of the NBA Draft?
At first, it didn’t seem likely. Then Gilgeous-Alexander just kept playing better and better.
Now not only is he being projected as a first-round pick, but CBSSports.com’s Reid Forgrave has him going SEVENTH!
“If the versatile Gilgeous-Alexander sticks around for a sophomore season and progresses at the rate that he can progress, he can be a top-three pick in 2019. I can’t imagine he’ll stick around, especially since he’s been the key for Kentucky’s remarkable turnaround over the past month and since his draft stock has rocketed upward,” Forgrave wrote.
“Over the past nine games, the Canadian has averaged 19.4 points, 6.9 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals, and has shot 55 percent from 3-point range. More importantly, he’s asserted himself as Kentucky’s go-to guy, which is something this team was missing earlier this season.
“He’s long and lean, with good-enough shooting and smart point-guard instincts. There’s tons of upside here. There’s a bit of risk, mostly with whether his thin body can sustain the physicality of the NBA.
“But I love the idea of pairing him with De’Aaron Fox for a dynamic Kings’ backcourt.”
I have a feeling UK fans would like that, too.