Cliff Alexander coming for unofficial visit this weekend
Since the chase for the highly-coveted Jabari Parker ended in failure last year, many wondered when Tom Izzo and the MSU men’s basketball team might land the next big recruit to come to East Lansing.
Some believe that recruit might be Chicago power forward Cliff Alexander. But several other teams still are vying for Alexander’s attention.
College basketball writer Adam Zagoria reported Tuesday that Alexander, the nation’s No. 3 recruit, will be receiving in-home visits in the near future from Illinois, Memphis and possibly Kansas, while MLive’s Diamond Leung noted Alexander is scheduled for an unofficial visit to MSU this weekend, which he attributes to an unnamed source close to the information.
The Chicago Curie High School forward told Louisville’s The Courier Journal in July he did not intend to take an official visit to MSU because he’s taken numerous visits to campus in the past and wanted to explore some of the others. Alexander narrowed his list to MSU, Kansas, Memphis, Depaul, Illinois and Arizona in September. He later knocked off Arizona and has taken official visits to all of the remaining schools — with the exception of MSU.
There seems to be interest in Alexander remaining in his home state, as he took in the weekend’s MSU-Illinois football game from the press box at Memorial Stadium, but his mother Latillia Alexander told SNY.tv that there’s no preference of location.
“It doesn’t matter to me how close or how far, I just want him to be happy,” she said in the interview.
A 2014 recruit, Alexander could make an impact on the Spartans, who potentially could lose sophomore guard Gary Harris, junior forward Branden Dawson along with senior guard Keith Appling and senior center Adreian Payne to next year’s NBA Draft.
The Spartans also are waiting on decisions from Trevon Bluiett (Indianapolis), James Blackmon Jr. (Marion, Ind.), Devin Booker (Moss Point, Miss.) and Kevon Looney (Milwaukee).
Alexander is set to make his announcement Nov. 16 on ESPN.