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Cliff Alexander opens up on his suspension at Kansas


Former Kansas freshman Cliff Alexander opened up about his suspension from the Jayhawks late during his freshman year as he sat down with‘s Michael Kim.

The 6-foot-8 Alexander missed the team’s final eight games sitting out due to an NCAA investigation and he later declared for the 2015 NBA Draft after an up-and-down season. The former McDonald’s All-American averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a freshman.

“My mom got tricked into something, she didn’t know what she was doing and we needed money at the time,” Alexander told Kim.

When Kim followed up and asked if Alexander would have returned to Kansas for his sophomore season had the investigation not been going on, Alexander said he would have considered returning to school.

“I was thinking about staying. I was thinking about staying,” Alexander said. “Then when the incident went down, I felt like I was going to be ineligible for my sophomore season, so I made the choice to leave.”

While there had been previous reports of impermissible benefits surrounding Alexander, it sounds like he’s coming clean with the past and trying to move on from it with regards to his professional career.

Yahoo originally reported that Latillia Alexander, Cliff’s mother, filed a Uniform Commercial Code in the state of Illinois to a finance company that specializes in loans to professional agents and athletes in August 2014. The loan is meant for guaranteed first and second round picks in the NFL and NBA Drafts and usually get taken out after a player turns pro but before the player’s first contract.

Kansas freshman will sit out the NCAA Tournament

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Kansas freshman forward Cliff Alexander is out for the NCAA Tournament, Jayhawk head coach Bill Self told ESPN‘s Andy Katz.

The 6-foot-8 McDonald’s All-American has missed the last six games for Kansas as the NCAA looks into matters concerning his eligibility.

On March 12, Alexander’s lawyer released a statement concerning the Chicago native’s investigation.

“Mr. Alexander has been ready, willing, and able to be interviewed since March 2nd, yet he has been informed that the NCAA will not interview him until they receive additional documents that are not his documents, the content of which he has no knowledge, and documents which have never been in his control or possession,” the letter said.

The freshman had an up-and-down freshman season but is still a major loss for the Jayhawks off the bench. Alexander averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.


Cliff Alexander’s attorney: He’s ‘ready, willing and able to be interviewed’ by the NCAA

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On the same day that No. 9 Kansas kicked off Big 12 tournament play, the lawyer for freshman Cliff Alexander released a statement to multiple media outlets saying that his client his ready to meet with the NCAA to clear his name, but he’s been unable to lock down a time to be interviewed by the association.

“Mr. Alexander has completely and expeditiously complied with the NCAA’s requests,” the statement said, according to Yahoo! Sports. “Through his attorneys, Mr. Alexander has provided his telephone records, text records, and bank statements.”

“Mr. Alexander has been ready, willing, and able to be interviewed since March 2nd, yet he has been informed that the NCAA will not interview him until they receive additional documents that are not his documents, the content of which he has no knowledge, and documents which have never been in his control or possession.”

Thursday marked the fourth consecutive game that Alexander has missed for what Kansas termed an “NCAA issue”. According to a report from the weekend, a company specializing in loans to professional athletes and future draft picks was tied to his mother. Loans based on future earnings as an athlete are against NCAA rules and can cost a player his or her athletic eligibility.

Report: Mother of Kansas forward has ties to firm specializing in ‘loans to potential high draft picks’

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Saturday afternoon Kansas freshman forward Cliff Alexander missed his third straight game due to an ongoing investigation into his eligibility by the NCAA. According to a Yahoo Sports report earlier this week, the NCAA is looking into the possibility that a family member may have received impermissible benefits.

Saturday afternoon Yahoo Sports reported that Alexander’s mother can be tied to a company that specializes in drafting loans to “potential high draft picks in the NBA and NFL.” Those loans are extended to athletes in their families after the prospect has declared himself eligible for the draft, not before.

According to the report a Universal Commercial Code (UCC) was secured by Ludus Capital, a financial company based in Florida, last August. According to, a UCC “is applicable in sales, leases, negotiable instruments, bank deposits, funds transfers, letters of credit, bulk transfers and bulk sales, warehouse receipts, bills of lading and other documents of title, investment securities, and secured transactions of commercial transactions.”

The question is how this would apply to a situation in which a family member could possibly receive a loan with the player’s future NBA earnings being used to repay the loan in the future. The filing was made in Alexander’s home state of Illinois. Also of note in the report is that the family met with various agents in August, and the meetings are not against NCAA rules as noted in the most recent Yahoo Sports report.

Alexander’s family took meetings with NBA agents during August, sources said. Discussions with agents for the purpose of gaining information on a player’s market value do not violate NCAA rules, but entering into a written or verbal agreement and receiving compensation is a violation.

Complicating matters in regards to when (or if) Alexander will be able to return to the floor is the fact that the family has retained legal counsel. The NCAA has yet to interview the freshman, and that is something that has to take place before there’s any conversation about possible reinstatement.

With Perry Ellis (sprained knee) sidelined and Brannen Greene (who was suspended for Saturday’s game) and Wayne Selden Jr. (ankle) also banged up, Kansas has personnel issues to deal with during the most important stretch of the season. With that being the case, Alexander’s situation clearly doesn’t help matters.

Report: NCAA investigation of Kansas freshman focuses on possible receipt of impermissible benefits

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Kansas freshman forward Cliff Alexander has experienced the highs and lows that most newcomers have to deal with in college basketball, but his season took a significant turn February 28. Alexander was sidelined as a result of the NCAA looking into an issue that could compromise his eligibility, but not much was offered up by Kansas as to what the NCAA is looking into.

Late Thursday, Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reported that the NCAA is looking into the possibility that one or more of Alexander’s family members received impermissible benefits from an agent. Alexander has missed the last two games for the Jayhawks, and it’s likely that Alexander be forced to play the role of spectator Saturday when the Jayhawks visit No. 15 Oklahoma because of the “speed” at which the investigation is moving.

Alexander has not yet been interviewed by the NCAA, sources said, though not because of a reluctance by either the school or NCAA investigators. Sources said legal counsel has been retained by the Alexander family and that may be slowing the investigative process.

Kansas will also be without junior forward Perry Ellis, who suffered a sprained right knee in Tuesday’s overtime win over No. 20 West Virginia. Ellis will be re-evaluated next week, and the results will determine his status for the Big 12 tournament. Even with Alexander on the court reserves such as Landen Lucas and Jamari Traylor received opportunities to earn minutes, and in the win over West Virginia Hunter Mickelson was solid as well.

With there being no set time as to when Alexander will be able to return, those three become even more important for the Jayhawks as they look to play deep into March.

Kansas will sit Cliff Alexander against Texas as NCAA issue could affect eligibility

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Kansas freshman Cliff Alexander will sit out Saturday’s Big 12 game against Texas, according to a release from the school. The former McDonald’s All-American and 6-foot-8 forward is shooting 56 percent from the field this season, but has struggled with consistency as he’s only playing 17.6 minutes per game.

“The NCAA has alerted us to an issue that could affect Cliff’s eligibility,” Kansas Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger said in the release. “As a precautionary measure Cliff will not take the court until we have resolved the issue.”

Alexander is averaging 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this season but has been a non-factor the last three Big 12 games for the Jayhawks. Losing him for this Texas game isn’t the worst thing in the world but the issue with the NCAA and Cliff’s eligibility is troubling.

Although Alexander has been up-and-down in Big 12 play, he has a history of playing well against Texas freshman big man Myles Turner, as Cliff had 15 points and nine rebounds in his last outing against the Longhorns on Jan. 24. Even if Alexander was on a downswing, a big game like this could have been what Cliff needed to snap out of his funk.

Now he’ll have to anxiously await what the NCAA is looking for.