Hamilton's Gilgeous-Alexander headed to Clippers: report
In this March 15, 2018, file photo, Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander moves the ball against Davidson during a first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, in Boise, Idaho. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Ted S. Warren)
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:20PM EDT
TORONTO -- Canadian guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was drafted No. 11 overall by the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday.
He wasn't a Hornet long, as moments later there was a report Gilgeous-Alexander was headed to the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade.
The 19-year-old from Hamilton, whose draft night attire had social media buzzing, started his one season at Kentucky on the bench, but worked his way into the starting lineup, scoring 16.4 points a night the rest of the way.
Gilgeous-Alexander, considered the best point guard in the draft, has impressive length -- he's six foot six, with a six-foot-11 wingspan.
Long before his name was called at Barclays Center, Gilgeous-Alexander was all over the internet for his champagne-coloured floral suit. It was made by Jhoanna Alba, whose company ALBA is known for dressing over 1,000 pro athletes and entertainers.
Anthony Bennett became the Canadian to be picked No. 1 overall, going first to Cleveland in 2013. Andrew Wiggins followed him a year later, also selected by the Cavaliers with the first overall pick.
Tristan Thompson was the highest Canadian draft pick before Bennett when he went fourth to Cleveland in 2011.
The Toronto Raptors don't have a pick in this year's draft, although have talked about trading into the draft.