Cliff Alexander had a tough decision to come to, because it would involve spurning some of his in-state schools. After watching the Champions Classic Tuesday though, there was probably no more doubt from Alexander. Could be wrong about that, but if I witnessed that atmosphere would have trouble getting it out of my head. Also Bill Self is not a bad coach to get you ready for the next level of basketball.
Thanks to the tweet below for the alert to this, and it came as the expected decision.
Kansas beats out Illinois for No. 3 prospect Cliff Alexander: http://t.co/kgnJWwA9pZ
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 15, 2013
Jeff Borzello’s excellent piece above breaks down quite nicely what Alexander could do in the Big 12.
“Alexander, a 6-foot-9 big man from Curie (Ill.)” Borzello writes, “is ranked No. 3 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2014. He is as college-ready as anyone in the country, and his strength and build will enable him to be a dominant force next season in the Big 12.”
Nicely summed up there by Borzello, and now we will just have to see if Alexander sets his sight on a state title this season. He will likely not get to play with Andrew Wiggins next season, so Alexander might just be one of the main focuses of the offense but that remains to be seen at this point. Self is a great coach for Alexander though, and the strength training program in particular will have Alexander in tremendous physical shape. We will just have to see what he brings to the table from a skill perspective next season though to determine just where his ceiling as a player will be.
You can bet that the Illinois-based schools are bummed that they are missing out on this kid, but that will not stop us from covering their pain here at Rant Sports Prep in sometimes excruciating detail. This just how I roll folks.