Nickeil Alexander-Walker

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Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Nickeil Alexander-Walker.jpg
Alexander-Walker in December 2017
No. 0 – New Orleans Pelicans
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1998-09-02) September 2, 1998 (age 20)
Toronto, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeVirginia Tech (2017–2019)
NBA draft2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Brooklyn Nets
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentNew Orleans Pelicans
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-ACC (2019)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (born September 2, 1998) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Virginia Tech Hokies. A shooting guard and a point guard, he was drafted 17th overall by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019 NBA draft.

High school career[edit]

A native of Toronto, Alexander-Walker played for Vaughan Secondary School, St. Louis Christian Academy, and Hamilton Heights Christian Academy.[1] At Hamilton Heights, he was a teammate of his cousin Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The two have a close relationship and shared a room at coach Zach Ferrell's house.[2] Alexander-Walker committed to Virginia Tech in May 2016, choosing the Hokies over offers from USC and Maryland. He was ranked the No. 74 prospect in the class of 2017 according to Scout.com.[1]

College career[edit]

As a freshman, Alexander-Walker averaged 10.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.[3] In his second game in college, he scored a season-high 29 points in a 132–93 win over The Citadel.[4] He helped lead Virginia Tech to a 21-12 record and NCAA Tournament appearance. In the first round loss to Alabama, Alexander-Walker scored 15 points.[5]

As a sophomore, Alexander-Walker averaged 16.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game during the regular season. He helped lead Virginia Tech to a 24–8 season with a 12–6 record in the ACC and a 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Professional career[edit]

On June 20, 2019, he was selected with the 17th overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019 NBA draft.

On July 6, 2019, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks[6] and then to the New Orleans Pelicans.[7]

National team career[edit]

Alexander-Walker competed for Canada at the 2016 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship, leading the team to the silver medal. He led all scorers in the tournament with 17.4 points per game.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Virginia Tech 33 33 25.4 .449 .392 .730 3.8 1.5 .8 .5 10.7
2018–19 Virginia Tech 34 34 34.3 .474 .374 .778 4.1 4.0 1.9 .5 16.2
Career 67 67 29.9 .464 .383 .763 4.0 2.7 1.4 .5 13.5

Personal life[edit]

His cousin, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, also plays in the NBA, currently for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Johnson, Chris (November 21, 2017). "The Sleeper Emerging as One of the 2018 NBA Draft's Best Guards". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Tipton, Jerry (December 13, 2017). "Competitive cousins shared a room in high school. UK-Virginia Tech game pits them against each other". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  3. ^ Watkins, Evan (June 23, 2018). "Nickeil Alexander-Walker named a Top 15 2019 NBA Draft prospect". 247 Sports. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Alexander-Walker carries Virginia Tech past The Citadel". ESPN. Associated Press. November 12, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Alabama edges Virginia Tech, 86-83". Reuters. March 16, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Atlanta Hawks Acquire Allen Crabbe And Conditional 2020 First-Round Pick From Brooklyn Nets". NBA.com. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Atlanta Hawks Acquire Draft Rights To De'Andre Hunter, Solomon Hill And Conditional 2023 Second-Round Pick From New Orleans". NBA.com. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.

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