The career arc for Tennessee center Kyle Alexander was fascinating to watch. Rick Barnes will be the first to tell you how far he came in a relatively short amount of time. The former 362nd ranked player in the 2015 class is now ready for his shot at the NBA.
That process will see him work out for the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
The Hawks are working out the following players tomorrow:— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) May 5, 2019
C Kyle Alexander (Tennessee)
F Javon Bess (St. Louis)
G/F Terence Davis (Ole Miss)
G Amir Hinton (Shaw)
G Paul Scruggs (Xavier)
C Josh Sharma (Stanford)
The 6-11, 222 pound big man is out of Ontario, Canada. Alexander averaged 7.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in his final season in Knoxville. His biggest impact was felt defensively, however. Alexander was Tennessee’s defensive anchor, racking up 64 blocks in his senior season. He ended up with 185 total blocks for his entire career.
Alexander’s offensive game is still developing, but overall inconsistent. He flashed a jumper from time to time with some actual success, but never was confident enough in it to make it a part of his game. Adding this element to his game could give him a legitimate chance to stick in the league. Alexander also needs to develop a consistent post game. However, he has what you can’t teach — length.
Alexander does not appear on any big boards or top 100 lists around the web. It’s likely a long shot that he will hear his name called on draft day, but he should find an opportunity as a free agent, at least.