Just weeks after the top player in the 2014 class, Jahlil Okafor, released his list of top eight schools, fellow Chicagoan and top-five recruit Cliff Alexander has done the same, releasing his list which includes three Big Ten schools.
Alexander is a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward who attends Curie on Chicago’s south side. He is ranked no. 5 in the country for the 2014 class by Rivals and is the second-highest rated of the six Chicagoans in the top 100. With his body and skill, Alexander should be an immediate impact player at the next level.
The three Big Ten schools who made the cut are Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State. There will be disappointment for fellow Big Ten schools who had already offered a scholarship to the five-star prospect but did not make the list: Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Illinois and Michigan State are the two schools that are included on both Okafor and Alexander’s list, although the Illini don’t appear to have much real interest from Okafor. For the Spartans, they now have a chance to put together a fantastic 2014 class with interest from not just Okafor and Alexander, but also fellow big-name recruits Tyus Jones and Paul White.
For Indiana, Tom Crean is already continuing his big recruiting momentum from the 2013 class to 2014, attracting more big names. Crean has a lot of talent to replace with the likes of Cody Zeller, Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo departing, and the next couple of recruiting classes will undoubtedly do that.
Alexander is a fantastic recruit and now that he has narrowed down his potential options, three Big Ten teams still stand to get his commitment.
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