Coach Pastner officially wrapped up his recruiting process after transfer Michael Dixon committed to Memphis on last week. Now, it is time to start recruiting for the class of 2014. There is a big man out of Chicago, IL that is being looked at closely by several schools including Memphis. His name is Cliff Alexander.
Cliff Alexander stated on Tuesday that he plans to take a visit to the University of Memphis, but no date has been set.
“”I just want to build a relationship with coach Josh Pastner and the coaching staff,” said Alexander. “I want to see the facilities and the campus, because I’ve heard it’s a great campus.”
Alexander is currently a senior-to-be at Curie High School in Chicago. He is listed at 6’8″, 240 lbs. Rivals.com currently has him ranked fifth nationally in the class of 2014. He is also rated a five-star prospect. Alexander has yet to list the schools that he is considering playing at, but he plans to have his list down to 10 schools in the next two to three weeks.
UCONN, Depaul, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan St., Missouri, N.C. State, Ohio St., SMU, Tennessee, and Wisconsin are the other schools that are looking to nail Alexander.
Julian Swartz, assistant director of basketball operations, has been handling most of Alexander’s recruitment for the U of M since stepping temporary into the Tigers’ vacant assistant coaching role the last two months.
“I just really like the coaching staff at Memphis,” said Alexander. “Coach Julian is a great guy. Pastner is a great guy. We’ve built a great relationship through the last few months. Plus, Derrick Rose went there, history wise.”
As a 15-year-old, the Chicago native made a name for himself with the Adidas sponsored D-Rose All Stars before switching to the Mac Irvin Fire this year. He averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds this spring.
There has been talk that Alexander has nailed down his schools and will be choosing between Kentucky and Michigan St. Alexander, however, shot down the rumors.
“That’s not true at all.” said Alexander. “All lies. All lies. I hear it on Twitter and everything, but that’s just people talking to be talking.”
Alexander is the type of player that is best known for his power in the paint. He also has the ability to run the floor. In one AAU game last spring, Alexander dribbled the ball up the court and slammed the ball like Shaquille O’Neal. He ended up shattering the entire backboard.
With that much power, Alexander has become a top prospect that many schools would love to have on their roster.
When choosing a school, Alexander wants his family to blend in well with the coaching staff.
“They’ve got to build a great relationship with my parents,” said Alexander. “My parents have to get along with them. They’ve got to respect my family, and we have to see eye-to-eye.”
I received part of this information from the Commercial Appeal.