Cliff Alexander has offers from Kentucky, Indiana and Kansas, among others. (Photo: 247Sports)
Tom Izzo can get Cliff Alexander as one piece, not part of a three-way unit with Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor.
That should provide relief for college coaches everywhere, not just Izzo. It doesn't sound like programs such as Kentucky and Duke will get the trio to themselves.
With that out of the way, the pitch to Alexander has probably been more personal and less business-like.
The Spartans have flourished with power forwards like Draymond Green and Adreian Payne. Alexander could be next in line. It certainly sounds like that intrigues him.
“I can picture myself playing there," Alexander told the Lansing State Journal's Graham Couch. "I can see myself playing as Adreian Payne.” In the same interview, Alexander said that he loves Izzo and the way he runs his offense.
Alexander, a 6'9", 240-pound 5-star out of Chicago Curie, has a physical game comparable to Derrick Nix's with a touch of finesse around the rim, something that Payne has developed. Alexander's style of play fits well with Michigan State. Izzo has probably mentioned that at least once.
Izzo has to hit a home run with his 2014 class. The 2013 class wasn't what most anticipated. Although strong, it's devoid of a true star.
The Spartans have done well in recent years, securing 5-stars like Branden Dawson, Gary Harris and Payne. Their time at Michigan State has been positive, and that could influence Alexander.
Harris is a sure first-rounder come the 2014 NBA draft. Dawson could be a second-round pick. If he improves his jumper, he could go late in the first round. Payne should be a top 20 pick at the very least.
If Alexander has designs of going pro, Izzo could help him get there. Alexander oozes potential. A year or two under Izzo may be the best thing for his basketball career.
Click here for a page full of Alexander dunks. He's not as agile as Payne, but he moves a little better than Nix. Izzo could develop him into a solid inside-outside threat.