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Shai Alexander close to decision as Kentucky Wildcats surging in recruitment

It looks like the Cats are about to land their first 2017 pledge.

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It looks as though UK is closing in on a commitment from Shai Alexander.

Alexander, a four-star guard who recently decommitted from the Florida Gators, is set to make his college decision sometime during the early signing period next week, according to Adam Zagoria.

This news comes just one day after John Calipari offered the 2017 combo guard a scholarship, which may have sealed the deal for the Hamilton Heights (TN) star. Alexander’s high school coach only added fuel to that fire with some of his comments about UK.

“Kentucky obviously came in Monday, and that’s something that he (Alexander) seems very excited about,” Hamilton Heights head coach Zach Ferrell told Zagoria. “They see what he can be and what he could be just with his size and length and then his natural point guard sense in leading the team and that kind of stuff.

“So I think there’s definitely an excitement on both sides for them. That’s where it is with Kentucky.”

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.

Depending on which recruiting service you read, Alexander is listed as either a shooting guard or point guard. His current list of schools in consideration includes Florida, NC State, UNLV, Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Syracuse. ranks Alexander as the 46th-best prospect and the No. 12 point guard. ESPN ranks him 46th overall and the No. 10 point guard. Rivals ranks him 53rd overall. The 247 Crystal Ball has UK as the heavy favorite: