Shai Alexander is a new name on Syracuse’s radar – mainly because up until recently, he had been committed to the Florida Gators. But the 6-foot-4 guard decommitted from that program last week, and the Orange (among others) have apparently already reached out to the top 50 recruit.
Alexander is a lanky point guard whose build will remind Syracuse fans of Frank Howard last season, and he’s certainly got a lot of room to put on some muscle. Right now, Alexander is only carrying about 175 pounds on his long, athletic frame. But he’s clearly a talent with an awful lot of upside, and as a Canadian prospect who played for Team Canada alongside high priority target Oshae Brissett, he certainly makes sense as someone the Orange would go in on.
Alexander is a solid athlete with a strong handle, and possesses good court vision. He’s also a good enough shooter (although his release is a little on the slow side, but probably about on par with Tyler Ennis’s in that regard) and finishes well enough that it’s conceivable he could play right alongside Howard (or Quade Green, if/when the Orange secure his commitment) as part of the class of 2017.
Remember, Syracuse is going to have at least five scholarships open next year, and it’s more likely they’ll have six or even seven. If Tyus Battle goes pro, that’ll leave Frank Howard as the only returning guard, so depth on the perimeter is desperately needed in this year’s class. Even if the Orange land Green, don’t best surprised if they keep pushing for Alexander.
Scout.com’s Evan Daniels reported that Alexander is currently looking at eight schools – including Syracuse, along with Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, and, yes, still Florida – moving forward. This is certainly one to monitor, particularly the longer Quade Green’s recruitment plays out, as well as with regard to Alexander’s previous connection to Brissett.