Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wins MVP honors at Derby Festival Classic

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Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a 6-foot-5 guard out of Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee, did it all Saturday night at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, in the Derby Festival Classic.

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Gilgeous-Alexander earned team MVP honors at the annual high school all-star game and led his Lightning team to a 122-109 victory.

Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander earned MVP honors at the Derby Festival Classic on Saturday night with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists. (photo by Barry Westerman, UK Athletics)

Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander earned MVP honors at the Derby Festival Classic on Saturday night with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists. (photo by Barry Westerman, UK Athletics)

Gilgeous-Alexander scored a game-high 29 points on 12-of-15 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers, grabbed a team-high tying nine rebounds and dished out a game-high tying six assists with just two turnovers in only 19 minutes.

But that wasn’t all.

After leading the way Friday night in the preliminary round of the 3-point contest, Gilgeous-Alexander made half of his 24 3-point attempts Saturday during halftime of the Derby Festival Classic to win the contest.

First held in 1973, the Derby Festival Classic annually features some of the nation’s best talent and is the oldest high school all-star game in the nation. Past Kentucky greats such as Jack Givens, Rick Robey, Kyle Macy, Rex Champan, Derek Anderson and Jamal Mashburn have played in the game.

Saturday’s MVP performance comes eight days after another impressive performance by Gilgeous-Alexander at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. There, he started for the World Team alongside fellow UK signee Nick Richards. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points on 2-of-4 shooting, went 7 for 10 at the foul line and dished out two assists.

A smooth, versatile guard, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 18.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as a senior at Hamilton Heights. He played well with the Canadian U18 National Team at the 2016 FIBA Americas tournament in Chile, where he led Canada to a silver medal with 7.8 points, a tournament-best 5.4 assists and 3.0 steals per game.

Described as a pass-first guard by many, Gilgeous-Alexander is a four-star prospect who has a solid midrange jumper and can play both guard positions. He is ranked No. 31 in the country by Rivals, No. 32 by ESPN, No. 42 by 247Sports and No. 45 by Scout.