Kansas received a huge addition to its 2014 class as Cliff Alexander committed to play for the Jayhawks on Friday, according to Sportscenter's Twitter feed:
Kansas gets its big man of the future in Chicago native and No. 3 overall prospect Cliff Alexander.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 15, 2013
Alexander had narrowed his choices down to Illinois, Kansas, DePaul and Memphis, but in the end he chose the Jayhawks.
The 5-star power forward is the No. 3 player in the country as well as the best at his position, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. Along with fellow 2014 big man Jahlil Okafor, Alexander represents more elite young talent to come out of Chicago.
Of course, the forward has the ability to make a name for himself right away at the college level.
He is a monster in the low post, using his great athleticism, strength and toughness to fight for rebounds on both ends of the court.
While he is not a polished scorer, he knows how to finish around the basket when he gets the opportunity. At 6'9" and 240 pounds, he is extremely tough to stop when he is in the paint.
On defense, he has also proven to be an above-average shot-blocker and is only getting better as he improves his timing.
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Despite all of this ability, though, there are areas for Alexander to improve. He is not much of a shooter at this point, which makes him relatively one-dimensional. This will change if he can develop a mid-range jump shot.
Additionally, he needs to learn how to work without fouling, as this could limit his minutes in games at the next level.
Still, the youngster has proven in his time at Curie Metropolitan High School that he is among the best players in the country at any position and is ready to make the jump to college.
After one year, it would not be surprising to see him make the move to the NBA.
Alexander was one of four recruits who made their choices on Friday; Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Stanley Johnson also decided today. Okafor and Jones headed to Duke, according to Sportscenter's Twitter feed:
Big day for Duke. No. 1 recruit Jahlil Okafor, No. 4 Tyus Jones commit to play for Coach K and the Blue Devils.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 15, 2013
Johnson chose to head to Arizona, according to ESPN's Chad Ford:
Stanley Johnson (9th nationally, 2nd PF) just committed to Arizona— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) November 15, 2013
Until then, however, Jayhawks can celebrate the addition of one of the biggest stars in the class. He will almost certainly get a chance to play significant minutes next season and should be able to make a huge impact right away.
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