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Virginia Tech, Canadian guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker declares for the 2019 NBA Draft

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Nickeil Alexander-Walker [Getty Images]

As expected, Virginia Tech sophomore guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker has announced he will sign with an agent and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, per his Twitter page.

The Scarborough-native is coming off of a fantastic season for the Hokies, leading his team to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Duke.

Alexander-Walker averaged 16.2 points (47.4% FG, 37.4% 3PT, 77.8% FT), 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals per game on his way to All-ACC Third Team honours in his sophomore season.

His best NCAA Tournament game came in the first round where the Canadian guard scored 20 points to go with six rebounds and three steals en route to a win over St. Louis.

Alexander-Walker is considered to be a late lottery pick or a mid-to-late first round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. NBAdraft.net has him going 12th overall, ESPN has him going 22nd overall and Tankathon has him falling to 23rd overall.

At 6'6, 200 lbs Alexander-Walker is a big and physical guard that should have no trouble transitioning to the NBA. He increased his on-ball duties at Virginia Tech in his sophomore season and has proved he has the ability to be a playmaker at point guard or a scorer at shooting guard.

He can defend positions 1-through-3, is a consistent outside shooter and has a high basketball IQ.

NBADraft.net lists Spencer Dinwiddie and Jordan Clarkson as his player comparisons.

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