As per Steve Jones of the Courier Journal, Cliff Alexander, the number two recruit in the class of 2014, has officially released a list of schools he would like to visit. The four schools that made his list are Louisville, Kansas, Arizona and Memphis.
Alexander has said that this does not mean that he has lost interest in schools like Kentucky and Michigan State, just that he wanted to visit these four schools officially. He has visited at the very least Michigan State and Kentucky unofficially which probably went a long way in helping him decide which schools to go see on official visits.
For a school like Memphis, making the cut is a huge boost. Ever since they lost coach John Calipari to Kentucky, they have struggled to recruit high level talent and have been a largely mediocre team. Having made a move this year from the Conference USA to the AAC, Memphis will no longer be the bigger fish in a smaller pond and will have to face a much tougher conference schedule than they have had in the past. Adding a player of Alexander’s ranking and abilities would go a long way in re-affirming Memphis’ status as a high profile school.
There appears to be no clear favorite in the Alexander race at the moment. He has held his cards to close to his chest and has not revealed much of what he is thinking. The one thing this new reveal tells us is that those four schools are high up in his mind.
This also means that the two local schools the Chicago born Alexander had on his list, Illinois and DePaul, may not be of the highest priority in his mind. That is unfortunate for both institutions as Illinois has not been a true threat since Deron Williams and Dee Brown were terrifying teams as a guard tandem. As for DePaul they have wavered between mediocrity and above average for a long time and adding a recruit like Alexander might be a big factor in changing things.
At this rate, it appears that Alexander will take his time to make his decision. The incoming senior still has a full year of high school basketball left and no reason to make a rushed decision. We saw it with Andrew Wiggins this year, some players like to take their time, see where other players end up and then make their decision based on what is best for them. There is no problem in that and it looks like it will be the way that Alexander will go about his recruiting.