Cliff Alexander (Curie High/Chicago, Ill.) is ranked as the No. 4 overall player in the Class of 2014 by Rivals, and after recently trimming his list of offers to only 10, the 6-foot-8 power forward is already looking to take some official visits.
Over the weekend, the Chicagoan told Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal that he would like to take official visits to Arizona, Kansas, Louisville and Memphis.
In June, Alexander cut his list to Arizona, Baylor, DePaul, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis and Michigan State. Alexander told Jones that he has previously been on campus at Michigan State and Kentucky for unofficial visits, and the new list of four official visits will allow him see other campuses.
Though he may not take officials to both Kentucky and Louisville, he had high praise for the two most recent national champions.
“I love Louisville,” Alexander told Jones. “Coach Pitino is a great guy.
“Coach (John Calipari) has been recruiting since last year when they first offered me,” Alexander continued. “I love him. He’s a great guy.”
Besides making news within the recruiting world, Alexander has made some noise on the hardwood as well, especially on the EYBL circuit. He averaged 16.0 points and 11.4 rebounds per game helping Mac Irvin Fire clinch an automatic berth in this week’s Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.. This is with the nation’s top player, Whitney Young center Jahlil Okafor sidelined with injury for much of the season.
Rumors have surrounded Alexander joining a potential package deal with Okafor and point guard Tyus Jones (Apple Valley High/Apple Valley, Minn.), but Alexander has denied the importance of teaming up with the duo in college. Alexander did tell the Courier-Journal that he believes playing in the frontcourt alongside UK 2014 commit Karl Towns (St. Joseph’s/Metuchen, N.J.) “would work.”
Despite the package-deal rumors and list of official visits, Alexander states he has no favorites at this point.
“I’m just looking for a school that has a great relationship with my parents, a school that gets out and runs and me and the coaches have to see eye-to-eye,” Alexander told NBCSports.com back in May.
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