Category: Featured News Written by Scott Burgess
Class of 2014 Curie power forward Cliff Alexander continues to show dominance on the national scene with his play for the Mac Irvin Fire. He was dunking everything that came his way at the Peach Jam last week. Alexander started off the NY2LA Under Armour Summer Jam with an exciting matchup with Texas Select 7-foot center Myles Turner.
The Curie star played well leading his team to a 59-36 victory recording 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Alexander showed a variety of power moves around the hoop as well as a nice hook shot. He caught an impressive lob over Turner in the win. We spoke with power forward about the game.
“It was a great match up. A lot of coaches and a lot of fans came out to see the match up. I came out ready to play.”
The topic that everybody wants to know about is where Alexander’s recruitment stands.
“Everything is still the same. I narrowed my list down to a top 10. Taking four official visits. The fifth is between Kentucky and Florida.”
Those four official visits planned would be?
“Kansas, Arizona, Memphis, and Louisville.”
Alexander broke down what he likes about the defending national champion Louisville Cardinals.
“How they get the ball down low every time to the big fella. Their style of play. They run the floor.”
Arizona is a program that has recruited the Chicago area extremely aggressive over the last several years and Alexander has noticed their playing style.
“Getting out and run. A lot of athletic guys went there. They are pretty exciting.”
Kansas will also get an official visit from Alexander. He spoke to what he likes about the Jayhawks.
“I like their high-low game. Coach Self will help me get some post moves.”
Although he has planned four visits that doesn’t mean the other six schools on his list are out of the mix.
“Everyone is still involved.”
He plans to take his final official to either Kentucky or Florida. The Wildcats are a program that has long been linked to the superstar and their style of play is another one the power forward is intrigued by.
“Same thing with them. Get the ball out and run. Coach Cal said he will turn me into a Terrence Jones.”
There have been questions about why he will not be taking official visits to two of the schools that have long been considered serious contenders for his services in Illinois and Michigan State. Cliff says both are still heavily involved and told us why he opted to take other officials.
“Already visited those school.”
Alexander has visited each program on multiple occasions over the last three years including a recent trip to Champaign which he recapped for us.
“I pretty much just showed my mom around. She hadn’t been down there and I had been down there several times before. I just went down there to show her around.”
What were her impressions?
“She loved it. She built a great relationship with Coach Groce and the coaching staff.”
His other recent visit was to Kansas.
“It was pretty much the same thing except my mom couldn’t go down there with me. It was a great thing. I enjoyed myself and built a great relationship with Coach Self.”
Cliff Watch 2014 continues as we will be tracking his progress throughout the week in Milwaukee and back in Chicago this weekend.