|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||July 12, 1998|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a Canadian professional basketball player who was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2018 NBA draft. He has also played for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Shaivonte Aician Gilgeous-Alexander
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander studied at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton. After that, he switched to Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School.
For his junior and senior years, he attended Hamilton Heights Christian Academy located in Chattanooga, Tennessee in order to improve his basketball skills. He eventually graduated in 2017.
Later on, he initially committed to play basketball at the University of Florida but finally decided to play college basketball at the University of Kentucky. He was subsequently named the most valuable player of the Kentucky Derby Classic.
Professional Basketball Player
- Father – Vaughn Alexander
- Mother – Charmaine Ann Marie Gilgeous (Former track athlete who competed for Antigua and Barbuda at the 1992 Summer Olympics)
- Siblings – Thomasi Alexander (Younger Brother) (College basketball player for the Evansville Purple Aces and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M)
- Others – Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Cousin) (Canadian professional basketball player who was drafted by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019 NBA draft and has played for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA))
Point Guard /Shooting Guard
6 ft 6 in or 198 cm
88 kg or 194 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander signed an endorsement deal with Converse in July 2020.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Facts
- He spent his childhood years growing up in Hamilton, Ontario.
- Growing up, he was coached by his father.
- In 9th grade, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could not make the St. Thomas More junior team and went on to play on the school’s midget squad. He subsequently won team MVP and the midget boys’ city championship.
- In the year 2015, he shifted from Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School to Hamilton Heights Christian Academy. He later stated, “I just thought I needed to play better competition …”
- He averaged 18.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.0 assists as a senior.
- He participated in the Basketball Without Borders Camp in 2016.
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was part of the Canadian junior national team that competed in the 2016 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile, averaging 7.8 points, 5.4 assists, and 4.0 rebounds in a contest en route to winning silver.
- He played for the Canadian senior national team at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila. His side was defeated by France in the tournament final and missed qualification to the 2016 Summer Olympics.
- He represented the World Select Team at the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit and scored eleven points in 21 minutes of action.
- He declared for the 2018 NBA draft on April 9, 2018, and was selected with the eleventh overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2018 NBA draft on June 21, 2018. The same day, he was later traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the pick after him and two future second-round picks.
- He played with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2018 NBA Summer League and averaged 19 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.
- Along with Danilo Gallinari, five first-round draft picks, and the rights to swap two other first-round picks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was to the Oklahoma City Thunder for NBA All-Star Paul George on July 10, 2019.
- He agreed to a five-year, $172 million rookie extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder on August 3, 2021.
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has shared a close bond with his cousin Nickeil Alexander-Walker and they used to share a room at high school coach Zach Ferrell’s house.
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