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Shai Alexander rising up the recruiting ranks; Talks about why he picked UK

The future Wildcat is receiving high praise for his recent play.

Back when four-star guard Shai Alexander committed to Florida, he wasn’t as well known as he is now. Ever since decommitting from Florida and committing to Kentucky, Alexander has gotten more recognition. And now, his recruiting stock is soaring, according to Rivals.

Here’s what Rivals had to say about how Alexander has impressed.

Despite a relatively high ranking and previous commitment to Florida, Alexander was somewhat of a mystery man when he signed with Kentucky in the fall. At the Marshall County Hoopfest, Alexander impressed with his combination of size, vision and ability to get where he needs to go with the ball. He's only a consistent jumper away from serious five-star consideration.

Alexander’s rise is great for both himself and Kentucky. The future Wildcat’s rise shows John Calipari’s recruiting ability again, as he found an under-rated four-star guard to either be a starter next year, or one of the nation’s best backups (depending on Trae Young’s decision, as well as whether or not certain players return).

Alexander is ranked as the No. 43 player in the nation by 247 Sports, as well as the No. 2 combo guard and the No. 1 player in Tennessee. He signed with Kentucky in the fall as part of their 2017 class, which currently has just Alexander and Quade Green as the lone guards committed.

Alexander recently spoke with Phenom Hoop Report about why he picked UK among other topics.

“It’s obviously an established program with great talent and great guys coming in every year and it’s a winning program,” Alexander said UK. “His (Calipari) pitch was very hard up front and it was different. He told me that Kentucky is going to be difficult, not easy, and you’re not just going to walk-in and get what you want. He said you’re going to have to fight for it and the fighting will get you better and get you where you want.”

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