Undrafted rookie Ty-Shon Alexander has signed a two-way deal with the Suns. He averaged a team-high 16.9 points for Creighton last season.
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That’s Alexander in a nutshell. He’s a positive, opportunistic person, and his teammates would be the first to point that out. His three-year progression at Creighton was impressive, but the 22-year-old made winning plays from the second he arrived in Omaha, Neb. That’s something he’s done his entire life and it’s one of the many qualities that make him a valuable sleeper in this year’s draft class. Alexander has met virtually with over a dozen teams so far during the pre-draft process, including the Boston Celtics, per sources. He isn’t a high-profile prospect compared to some of his counterparts, but Alexander would be a perfect fit in Boston as a back-end rotation piece or a two-way player. If the Celtics ultimately keep pick Nos. 30 or 47, look for Alexander to be on Boston’s board.
Another player in Phoenix that I was supposed to watch at the Big East Tournament in March was Ty-Shon Alexander from Creighton. I had seen Alexander several times in person, and I actually saw him score 27 points versus number one ranked Gonzaga at the CHI Center in Omaha, Nebraska during the 2018-19 season. During that game, I was mainly focused on Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke, but I walked away extremely impressed with Alexander. This season he averaged 16.9 points, 5.0 rebounds while shooting 39.9% from the three-point range, and 86% from the free-throw line. Coach Greg McDermott routinely assigned Alexander the role of defending their opposing team’s top perimeter player, a role that he embraced and thrived in. We recently had Raquel Rodriguez interview him via our Q&A Sessions series, so I already knew he was a great kid.
Still, he and I had a chance to get acquainted, and I must say, I think he is an all-time great kid and the type of person that any team should want to be a part of their organization. Alexander was good during that first workout, but I didn’t see anything I wasn’t expecting to see. In the pickup games, however, he showed me just how good he is on the defensive end. He was matched up against NBA players all day and he stood out! At 6’4” with a thick, strong build, Alexander played his butt off, moving his feet, being physical, and contesting shots. I really started to visualize him as a player that would be able to hang his hat on the defensive end while also being a reliable shooter and scorer. He and I talked about him continuing to develop his point guard skills. I believe that if he’s able to develop into a player that can legitimately play two positions in the NBA, he could carve out a really nice NBA career.