First look at Shaedon Sharpe in a Kentucky jersey
Former No. 1 overall prospect Shaedon Sharpe, who graduated early and joined the team on the semester break, is now on campus training.
And while it remains to be seen if he will actually see the field this season, we have our first look at him in a Kentucky jersey.
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Sharpe will wear number 21 for the Wildcats. Other notable UK players to wear number 21 include: Terry Mills, Jack Givens, Cameron Mills, Tayshaun Prince, Perry Stevenson and most recently, Cam’Ron Fletcher.
A native of London, Ontario, Canada, Sharpe attended Dream City Christian in Glendale, Arizona, where he was the highest-rated prospect to sign with the Wildcats in the 247Sports Composite era dating back to 2000, edging out Anthony Davis (2011) and Nerlens Christmas (2012).
Like Hamidou Diallo in 2016-17, Sharpe’s plan is to redshirt the 2021-22 season while training with the team, but left the door open for play this season, saying, “I will do whatever the team requires.”
UK head coach John Calipari did not commit to playing Sharpe this season.
“He’s a long way from playing games. It could be a year from now. We don’t have a plan for him to play this year. Maybe he does, but that’s not the plan and it never was,” Calipari said. “Now I never said it because I wanted everyone to go crazy. But the reality is we never had a plan. If you ask me now, I guess he won’t play. But you don’t know what’s going on. We’ve had injury after injury, it’s happened, it’s happened, we’ve gone down to six, seven guys. I can tell him look, man, you gotta go in seven minutes per game. You have to play it.’ But I hope we never get there.”
Part of that is getting in top shape to play at a high college level.
“If I don’t think he’s ready to go in a game, I’m not going to do that to him,” Calipari said. “You have to be in amazing shape. He’s not even close to that. fall. We ran and he didn’t do any shots. It’s his first day. This stuff is brand new. When we start and he goes live, he ain’t even gone live yet. . That’s when we’ll find other things. I want him to acclimatize.”
Previously ranked No. 1 overall in 2022 before his announcement, Sharpe is now ranked No. 3 overall in the 2021 class according to 247Sports behind only Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga) and Paolo Banchero (Duke). He is projected among the first 5 picks of the 2023 NBA Draft.
Sharpe was named the Tour’s Offensive Player of the Year and All-Tour First Team after averaging 24.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game for UPLAY Canada. He also earned Performance of the Year for recording 47 points on 20 of 29 shots, including 4 of 8 three-point shots in UPLAY Canada’s win over E1T1 United at a MADE Hoops event in May.
In EYBL Session I, Sharpe was also named The Circuit’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player after averaging 21.6 points on 46.2% shooting from 3-pointers to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in seven games. He scored seven times in double figures with three 20-point games, including a pair of 29-point outings. He made at least three 3-pointers in five of seven games, including five on a 30-point outburst.
Combined with five other games at Peach Jam, Sharpe averaged 22.6 points with six 20-point games and two 30-point games in 12 outings, averaging 2.5 three-pointers per game while shooting 36. .1% beyond the arc.