The Wildcats will likely lose freshmen guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk to the NBA Draft, and possibly sophomore Isaiah Briscoe, too.
UK signee Shai Alexander with the stepback jumper … pic.twitter.com/Y07bzpVC30— Ben Roberts (@BenRobertsHL) December 3, 2016
“Shai is a little bit like Jamal Murray and some other guys we’ve gotten late in the process before,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “He decommitted from a school and called us and asked us if we would be interested in recruiting him. I saw him play in the summer and I thought he was a pretty good player. Then he grew three inches and went and played for the [Canadian] national team. The national team brought out stuff that no one knew, and all of a sudden you’ve got a five-star guard that’s 6-5, 6-6, can make plays and can get in the lane. He can get in the lane like Isaiah Briscoe. He can guard and deflect balls.”Alexander initially only had a scholarship offer from Binghamton before he blew up and committed to Florida. He then opted to decommit before ultimately signing with Kentucky. “My confidence is in Coach Cal,” he told Roberts. “Last year, they go with (Jamal) Murray, (Isaiah) Briscoe and (Tyler) Ulis — those are all three ball-dominant point guards coming out of high school. They all played together.” Kentucky is probably not done replenishing its backcourt, either. The Wildcats have made Hamidou Diallo a huge priority for the spring. Diallo is eligible for the NBA Draft in 2017, but has said he wants to spend a year in college. Diallo and fellow Kentucky target Mohamed Bamba will both be on display on Sunday at the PSA Cardinals Showcase at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And Like ZAGS on Facebook