Kansas went into the day in the mix for three of the top basketball recruits in the country, along with Duke. In the end, each school lands high level talent that will contribute greatly to the success of both storied programs, as guard Tyus Jones and center Jahili Okafor picked the Blue Devils and Chicago area power forward Cliff Alexander selected Bill Self and the Jayhawks.
Alexander will join guard Kelly Oubre as Kansas commits in the class of 2014. Alexander continues an elite pipeline of Windy City talent to play for the Jayhawks, beginning in 2005 when Julian Wright first suited up for KU.
Alexander will bring toughness and muscle to the Jayhawks frontline and will mesh well immediately with the talent that is already on the roster.
Scout.com’s Brian Snow says:
“There is no questioning what Alexander brings to the table. At roughly 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds, Alexander is as big, strong, and athletic as any player in the country. Also Alexander has an elite motor which allows him to dominate so many other bigs who simply can’t match his toughness and strength.
He needs to get a bit more refined with his skill game as in college and into the NBA he won’t be able to simply overpower and out jump people like he does at the high school level, but what he does translates. Rebounding always translates, and he does that as well as virtually any player in the country, and then his length allows him to compete against taller players.
Overall there is a ton to like about Alexander, and the future is very bright for him, especially once he gets some consistent coaching to refine some post moves.”
With the landing of Alexander and Kansas now have two of the top seven recruits in the nation. This comes on the heels of last year’s class highlighted by Andrew Wiggins, who’s off to a solid start to the 2013-14 season.