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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander praised by ESPN

Shai Alexander gets some nice love for his under-the-radar play.

NCAA Basketball: Harvard at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been a revelation ever since getting to Kentucky.

The freshman guard been in a fight to start for the Cats and has been good as a combo guard. The former four-star recruit has been important for Kentucky, and ESPN’s Myron Medcalf agrees.

Medcalf listed Gilgeous-Alexander among his “the names you don’t know — but will — in college hoops,” and said he was important to a developing UK team.

alexander may not light up the box score, but his impact on defense is a big reason why the Cats are 7-1 and have held six of eight opponents under 70 points.

At a minimum, however, John Calipari's latest NBA franchise could just walk through the season swarming everything in its path (ninth in adjusted defensive efficiency) and turning every game into a run-and-gun affair.

That's why Shai Gilgeous-Alexander matters. He's a 6-6 wing who is top-25 in steals percentage. He's averaging 2.5 SPG and 9.5 PPG. He can guard multiple positions and creates mismatches with his size.

If the Wildcats intend to overwhelm the SEC, they'll need Gilgeous-Alexander to play to his potential.

Kentucky certainly is still working to play like a college team, and Gilgeous-Alexander’s size and ability to defend better than Quade Green makes him a commodity for the Wildcats in their current state.

You can read the rest of Metcalf’s story here, which lists all the other college basketball players currently flying under the radar.

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