The No. 2 ranked recruit in the country for the class of 2014, Cliff Alexander has finally came clean on when he will officially take an visit to the University of Memphis. Coach Pastner has been waiting for this answer for months now. Here it is, Alexander will come to check out Memphis Madness in October. He told the Commercial Appeal on Thursday about his upcoming visit.
Are y’all happy now? If not, then y’all should be. Especially with the fact that Memphis has a chance of landing a top-5 recruit for next year’s class.
“I heard it was a great atmosphere and I want to go down there and see it for myself,” said Alexander, a 6-9, 240-pound forward rated the No. 2 player in the nation by ESPN.com. Alexander is a busy recruit this off season. Not only he is planning visits to top universities, but he is also playing AAU basketball.
He is currently playing for Chicago-based Mac Irvin Fire in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League finals at the Peach Jam.
Memphis is not the only school he plans to visit. He plans to take visits to Kansas, Louisville, and Arizona. Kentucky and Michigan St. is on his list as well, but he has already taken unofficial visits to both programs.
In all honesty, do y’all think Memphis has a legitimate shot of landing Alexander?
If y’all look at the fact that he and Pastner have a decent relationship, then y’all would have to say yes or absolutely.
Alexander mentioned Thursday that he communicates with the coaching staff at Memphis and he has developed a tight bond with Pastner. He talks to Pastner at least twice a day.
“We have a great relationship,” said Alexander. “He calls me. He hits me up on Facebook. Texts me.”
Pastner has a good reason of why he is trying to recruit Alexander. He is simply a beast in the paint. He has broken two backboards on monster dunks. His game is very similar to NBA veteran Elton Brand.
“Cliff Alexander is a great kid,” said Mac Irvin coach Mike Irvin. “For a guy like that who has so much power in his game and has so much intensity out on the court, he’s just the opposite off the court. He’s quiet and real-low key.
“He’s a kid that just loves the game and knows what he’s got to do to make it.”
With his size, Alexander has his way with his defenders, but still has room for improvement.
“I want to improve my ball handling, develop more post moves, get stronger and get a consistent jump shot,” he said.
Irvin mentioned how Alexander has improved over the years.
“His game has developed this year. He’s developed from just a power kid. He had to work on the 15-footer and being able to create baskets for himself. I think he came into the summer and he’s improved in those areas and that’s why he’s really made the jump to another level.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.