The Kentucky Wildcats continue to look like the heavy favorites for Shai Alexander.
The four-star combo guard is set to make his college decision next week, and all signs continue to point towards UK. However, you typically don’t see a recruit commit to a school without visiting at some point.
That’s no longer a concern with Alexander, who is currently visiting UK, according to Scout.com recruiting director Evan Daniels.
Kentucky is currently hosting 2017 guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for an official visit, per a source. Ranked No. 46 overall.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) November 4, 2016
According to Chris Fisher of the CatsPause, Alexander had a great meeting with John Calipari on Monday.
"It was Coach Cal's first time meeting Shai, so they were getting to know each other and Shai was getting to understand Kentucky's approach," Hamilton Heights coach Zach Ferrell said. "Calipari was explaining his players' first approach, how that plays out amongst the players, how he prepares them for their future, how Shai fits into that, his plan for him and what it would look like if he were to come there."
This recruitment has happened very fast after UK only began showing interest in Alexander recently after he decommitted from Florida. UK then watched him workout, followed by a visit from Cal, and now he’s visiting UK, all of which happening in a span of three weeks.
But anytime UK comes calling, it’s a game-changer in any recruitment, and Alexander looks like a great fit for what UK does.
"They (UK) play spread and pitch the ball ahead. He loves his ability to break down the defender with the dribble. He's a very unselfish player so guys are going to love playing with him. He talked about how that would translate to good stuff when you put other good players around him."
When Alexander makes his decision and sings a letter of intent sometime next week, expect UK to be the pick. He may end up being the first pledge of UK’s 2017 class, which could come out of the early signing period with 3-5 signatures.