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Curie opened the season with two extremely tough tests. They started on Friday with one of the most talented teams in the nation in Oak Hill Academy at the Marshall County Hoopfest. They lost after falling behind big early, but junior power forward Cliff Alexander was a monster recording 26 points and 13 rebounds. Sunday he matched up with fellow top in-state post prospect Sean O’Mara of Benet Academy at the McGinnis Jump Ball Showcase. Alexander broke down his two weekend matchups.
“I think I did pretty good against Oak Hill Friday night. I tried to put the team on my back and get us back in the game. Tonight (Sunday) I couldn’t really do much. They were triple teaming me every time I got the ball. I kicked it back out and told my shooters to shoot the ball.”
He came out in the second half at the Marshall County Hoopfest in Kentucky scoring 8 consecutive points in the post. Alexander was aggressive, showed off improved footwork, and sealed his man well. The junior spoke about what was working for him.
“They couldn’t stop the high-low. My coach told me to flash and run the high-low.”
Many of the fans at Marshall County were very interested in seeing the five-star prospect up close for the first time.
“It was great. They showed a lot of love. Sign autographs and take pictures with little kids.”
Alexander drew several coaches to his games this weekend. He discussed some of his offers that stand out right now.
“Michigan State, Illinois, DePaul, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Arizona, Baylor.”
He says he is looking for a school that likes to run. What else does he want to see from schools between now and his decision?
“A lot of respect from the coaches and get along with my family.”
Alexander says he is not planning any visits soon. He did tell us when he would like to make his decision.
“Next year after my senior season.”