Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a breakout star on Kentucky’s 2017-2018 roster, posted a historic 20-20-10 triple-double against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, Jan. 15. The young guard led the Thunder to a 117-104 victory.
Gilgeous-Alexander was a four-star recruit in the class of 2017. He was ranked 31st in his class and fought for playing time at Kentucky before exploding into a great season landing him as the number 11 pick in the 2018 NBA draft.
His incredible game made Gilgeous-Alexander just the fourth second year player in NBA history to record a 20-20 triple-double and the youngest player to ever do this. The previous three players to do this are Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley and Oscar Robertson. All three are Hall of Fame and MVP winning players.
In the last 20 years, only four players have had 20-20 triple-doubles. These players are Kevin Garnett, Russell Westbrook, David Lee and former Wildcat Demarcus Cousins
Gilgeous-Alexander became the first Canadian born player to post a triple-double in NBA history. This prompted Coach Calipari to tweet about Kentucky getting Canadian recruits. He also tagged Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray in his post.
The 2020 Canadian class is highlighted by 6’4 combo guard Karim Mane. Mane is projected by some analysts as a 2020 NBA draft pick, but the young guard has named a top 10 college list. Kentucky did not make his top 10 of Marquette, Memphis, Michigan St, Georgetown, Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Cal, Wake Forest.
Highlights of Gilgeous-Alexander’s career night can be found here.