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The most obvious pro for Kansas as compared to the other contenders on this list is the chance to win the national championship.
Illinois and Memphis could certainly develop into title contenders (and the argument can be made that the Tigers are fringe candidates this year), but being a member of the Jayhawks means you are going to win, plain and simple. Kansas takes the Big 12 title every year, and it is almost a surprise when it isn’t playing in the Final Four.
Furthermore, Kansas would give Alexander a brighter stage than the other schools to shine, which could impact his positioning in the next NBA draft.
For so many young prospects today, the NBA is the only real goal that matters. While going to Kansas would give him a more prominent stage and a chance to win, he wouldn’t be the “big fish in a small pond.”
Chances are Alexander would have teammates that are just as talented as him, if not more so. There is a chance that big men Jahlil Okafor and Myles Turner choose Kansas as well, which has to factor into Alexander’s thought process.
Many of these kids want to win, but they also want to be serious contributors in the process. If one of the other elite big men in this class chose the Jayhawks, Alexander would likely have to sacrifice some playing time.
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