Potential lottery pick, Virginia Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker, declares for NBA draft

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Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is having one of the NBA’s better rookie seasons.

That could just be the start for his family in the league.

His cousins, Virginia Tech sophomore Nickeil Alexander-Walker, is declaring for the draft.


Alexander-Walker looks like a mid-first-round pick. The combo guard is one of this draft’s more well-rounded prospects.

He has excellent floor vision, including from the post. He’s also a crafty ball-handler who can get to his spots, and he can pass or shoot on the move with either hand. He has played on the ball more often this season, and he usually looks in control.

But he might lack the burst and explosiveness to play point guard at the next level. It’s tough for point guards who don’t bend opposing defenses.

At least Alexander-Walker – 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan – has the size to play off the ball. He’s a good standstill 3-point shooter. His playmaking could also be more effective against already-tilted defenses.