Decision Day for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has arrived.
According to Adam Zagoria, Shai will announce his NBA Draft decision tonight live on ESPN’s SportsCenter at 6:45 pm EST. It is almost a certainty that he will announce his decision to declare for the draft and sign with an agent, thus making him one of the most surprising one and dones under John Calipari.
Going into his freshman season, very few people had Shai on their NBA radar, especially as a 2018 draft pick, and it seemed unlikely that he would be one-and-done.
However, as this team went through its struggles and slowly grew into a Sweet 16-caliber club, Shai emerged as not only the team’s best, most consistent player, but also the team’s glue guy. UK would not have won the SEC Tournament, nor made the Sweet 16, without Gilgeous-Alexander.
This past season is a total wash without Shai leading the way at point guard, and now, he has a chance to be a lottery pick in this year’s draft that could even sneak into the top 10.
SI’s Jeremy Woo recently listed him as the No. 14 prospect on their big board. In SI’s latest mock draft, they have the Canadian going 13th to the Denver Nuggets, where he would team up with fellow Canadians Trey Lyles and Jamal Murray.