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Cliff Alexander, a 5-star power forward from Chicago, Illinois, announced a list of ten schools via twitter and the Cards made the cut. The other finalists are Kentucky, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois, DePaul, Kansas, Memphis, Baylor, and Arizona.
The Kentucky, Louisville and Indiana basketball teams made the top 10 on the recruiting list of five-star Chicago power forward Cliff Alexander – a consensus top-10 prospect in the 2014 class.
Alexander, a 6-foot-9 player for Curie High School and the Mac Irvin Fire AAU club, tweeted the list and said it’s in no particular: Kansas, Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville, Illinois, DePaul, Indiana, Memphis, Baylor and Arizona.
While the Cards made the cut, Kentucky and Michigan State appear to be the leaders in Alexander’s recruitment. In fact, Alexander went on to call Kentucky his “dream school”:
Alexander has said Kentucky was his dream school as a young player.
“When I was coming out of eighth grade and I first started playing basketball, I wanted to go to Kentucky because I saw John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Liggins out of there and I wanted to get in their predicament,” he said in April.
U of L and IU have not generally been thought to be as well-positioned as others such as UK and Michigan State in Alexander’s recruitment.
Alexander appears to be Kentucky’s to lose. If UK ends up getting him along with Karl Towns, it could help the Cards’ chances with Trey Lyles as Kentucky would have a crowded front court. You never know what can happen in recruiting but in this case Lyles would get more playing time at Louisville.