The Kentucky Wildcats will watch Shai Gilgeous-Alexander this week, and they've already made his new list.
Corey Evans of Hoopseen.com is reporting that the four-star guard has set his new list, which includes UK and a host of other high-major programs.
Florida, NC State. UNLV, Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas & Syracuse make up the final list for 2017 @HHhawksbball guard Shai Alexander— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) October 24, 2016
Of the final right for Shai Alexander, Kentucky is expected in tomorrow with Kansas headed in on Tuesday for the top-50 guard— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) October 24, 2016
In addition to Florida, whom Alexander recently decommitted from, the new list includes NC State, UNLV, Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Syracuse. Adding to that, Scout.com’s Evan Daniels reports Alexander has fielded calls from 46 schools since his decommitment, so it's safe to say he's becoming a coveted recruit in 2017.
The 6-5 combo guard out of Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga (TN) averaged 15.8 points and 4.8 assists for Wings Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit this year. This past summer, Alexander played for Canada in the FIBA U18 Americas and averaged 7.8 points, 5.4 assists and four rebounds in five games.
I find the list interesting for a number of reasons, the biggest of which being that UK, Kansas, and Oklahoma are also in the running for Trae Young. All three are still in the running for the five-star point guard, so it makes sense all three have the same backup option as well.
Young is coming off a visit with Kansas that went well, though they’re still in third place behind UK and Oklahoma at this point. All three schools are pushing for Young, but two are going to get left at the alter with Alexander waiting to take that spot.
It’s also possible all three schools want Alexander regardless of what Young does.
It's also interesting to see Syracuse on the list since UK is battling them for five-star point guard Quade Green. Perhaps the Orange are now looking at Alexander as their backup target if they miss on Green, who is expected to make his decision in November.