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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the “cool kid at school”

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Jeff Houchin Photo)


McDonald’s All-American Elizabeth Balogun, a Georgia Tech signee, played at Hamilton Heights in Chattanooga. That’s the same school where Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played before going to Kentucky.

“I didn’t have class with him since he was a year ahead of me but I had one study hall with him,” she said. “He was like the cool kid at school. He was fun to be around. He’s just a good kid.”

Both were extraordinary players, but she never practiced or worked out with him.

“I worked out with his cousin who is at Virginia Tech now but not him because he was kind of like big time. He had a lot of people wanting to work out with him,” Balogun said.

She watched Gilgeous-Alexander played often last season and anticipates he will do well in the NBA after recently declaring for the draft.

“Everybody is talking about him. The whole city is like ‘Shai, Shai, Shai.’ I say he’s from my school. He’s a big deal in Chattanooga and I’m really proud I know him and that he’s from my school. And he’s just going to get bigger and bigger in the NBA,” Balogun said.

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