Kentucky basketball adds four-star guard Shai Alexander

Kentucky basketball adds four-star guard Shai Alexander


Kentucky basketball adds four-star guard Shai Alexander


Atlanta, GA - SUNDAY, MAY 29: Nike EYBL. Shaivonte Alexander #4 of Arkansas Wings Session 4. (Photo by Jon Lopez)

Shaivonte Alexander committed to Kentucky (Photo: Jon Lopez, Nike)

The Kentucky basketball 2017 recruiting class grew to three members on Monday morning.

Four-star guard Shai Alexander announced UK as his future school on Twitter, giving the Wildcats their first perimeter player in the class.

Five-star frontcourt duo Nick Richards and P.J. Washington chose Kentucky last week. 

The 6-4, 160-pound Alexander, the No. 43 player in the country according to the 247Sports Composite ranking, was a one-time Florida commitment. The native of Chattanooga, Tenn. (Hamilton Heights Christian Academy) chose Kentucky over finalists Texas, Syracuse and UNLV.

Kentucky had the sixth-best 2017 class, according to, before Alexander’s announcement. The top five: Arizona, Alabama, Auburn, Washington and UCLA. The Wildcats are expected to take three or four more prospects in the class, so keeping their streak alive – UK has finished first or second in the team rankings eight years in a row. – is likely.

Two point guard prospects stand out as potential additions: Trae Young (five-star, Norman, Okla.) and Quade Green (five-star, Philadelphia, Penn.). Young, who officially visited Lexington last month for Big Blue Madness, is said to be deciding in the spring. Green, who lists UK, Villanova, Syracuse and others, is expected to make a decision Nov. 19.

Wing targets include: Lonnie Walker (five-star, Reading, Penn.) and Hamidou Diallo (five-star, Queens Village, N.Y.) and post players Mohamed Bamba (five-star, New York, N.Y.), Kevin Knox (five-star, Tampa, Fla.) and Jarred Vanderbilt (five-star, Bellaire, Texas) would still be in play.

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