Shai Alexander, Canada, PG/SG, Class of 2017, Kentucky, 18.8
-Outstanding dimensions for a point guard at 6'6 in shoes with a 6'10 wingspan. Has the size and length to defend any of the three backcourt positions. Has big hands, and a frame that should be able to get stronger in time
-Can get in a low stance and be highly disruptive defensively with his size and length on the perimeter. Will heat up the ball and slide along the perimeter. Gives his team great versatility with his ability to defend multiple positions
-Fluid athlete who operates at different speeds. Has long strides getting to the rim out of the pick and roll
-Willing passer who shows flashes of vision and unselfishness, especially in transition or in drive and dish situations. Sees over the top of the defense
-Showed flashes of shot-making ability, indicating his jumper isn't a lost cause long-term
-Vocal in the practices. Shows some leadership skills
-Raw player, still at an early stage of development
-Smooth athlete, but not overly explosive
-Frame is still fairly weak, which prevents him from being overly physical on either end of the floor. May still have some upside he hasn't yet realized athletically, but hasn't gotten much stronger in the past year
-Struggles to create at a high-level in the half-court. Has a high, loose handle that slows him down off the bounce. Mostly a straight line driver at this stage. Needs to improve his off hand.
-Jump-shot is a major work in progress. Labored stroke with a bit of a hitch at the end. Needs time and space to get off. Struggles to make shots off the bounce
-Lacks high-level experience. Not a great decision maker at this stage. Often a split-second late with his reads. Telegraphs his passes
Outlook Alexander was up and down through the week of practices, showing flashes of impressive talent but also indicating that he's still a ways away from putting it altogether. Alexander's ideal position as a prospect is undoubtedly at point guard, but his skill-level isn't where it needs to be yet to man the position at the highest levels full-time. As a late bloomer, he has time on his side, and could emerge as a very interesting prospect down the line with added skill-development and experience over the next few years at Kentucky.