Cliff notes: A closer look at KU's latest basketball commitment, Cliff Alexander


Cliff Alexander picks Kansas.

Cliff Alexander picks Kansas. by Matt Tait

Moments ago, Cliff Alexander, the No. 4-ranked recruit in the Class of 2014, announced that he would play his college ball at Kansas University, giving the Jayhawks the fourth and 12th-ranked (Kelly Oubre) prospects in the class.

Alexander, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward from Chicago's Curie High, chose Kansas over Illinois, DePaul and Memphis. He has been compared, by some, to former Jayhawk Thomas Robinson, and, averaged 21.3 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks per game as a junior.

I haven't watched a ton of film on him yet, but I have checked it out and it looks, to me, like he's not quite as explosive as T-Rob but definitely is as powerful.

I'm sure with the development he'll get at KU and from working with Andrea Hudy, his explosiveness will take off and, when you combine that with his raw size and power, you're looking at a player who could make a major impact in a hurry.

One thing I noticed on film that really stood out was the touch on his jumper. I'm sure he won't be asked to shoot jumpers too often at Kansas, but it's nice to see that the framework is there for them to develop that if needed.

Those of you who have followed this thing throughout probably already know that Alexander's girlfriend (Caelynn Manning-Allen) is on the KU women's basketball team and that he was in town for an official visit just last weekend.

Now that Cliff's officially in the fold, though, I know you guys probably want to know a lot more. So here ya go. Below is a collection of stories and video links regarding the latest prep star from Chicago to pick Kansas.

Alexander instantly fits into any lineup:

Alexander spent last summer working to improve his jumper:

In August, Alexander's AAU coach explained why he liked KU:

Here's's player profile on Alexander:

Alexander workout video:

Alexander breaks backboard at age 16:

This one's called “Beware of Cliff Alexander:

This one calls Cliff Alexander the class' most powerful dunker:


Jesse Johnson 8 years, 6 months ago

This was fast. I'm guessing you had this written up to submit just in case. Looks like your links fell off the last three references though. Update: looks like they're fixed already.

Matt Tait 8 years, 6 months ago

Haha. They had fallen off, so you weren't seeing things. We got 'em fixed. Enjoy!

Suzi Marshall 8 years, 6 months ago

Damm! You must have had this ready to go and just hit the "submit" button when the announcement was made.

So grateful we got Alexander. He was the one needed because Ellis' monster year will land him in the lottery. Lawrence has played Okafor to a draw the last few times they played. He's also a "hungry" player with the desire to put in the work to excel.

Now it full court focus for Turner. I'm sure Self will continue requiting Vaughn and Lyle in case Selden heads out. Best case senario for Kansas is to sign Turner and have Selden/Embiid return.

Olli Rama 8 years, 6 months ago

Glad to have him but that damn hat ceremony is just so disrespectful. I thought maybe after Wiggins handled his announcement with such class, that we had ended the era of the hat. Heavy sigh.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 6 months ago

"I'm sure he won't be asked to shoot jumpers too often at Kansas"

I think it was an ESPN article that quoted him as saying he liked the versatility at forward that Coach Self talked about using him like the Morii, who did play inside and out.

"he was in town for an official visit just last weekend."

Wasn't his official visit at late night; along with Kelly Oubre? Last weekend would have been one of many unofficial visits.

Steve Zimmerman 8 years, 6 months ago

How can you not be excited watching a kid like that playing for KU? We've got a great recruit! He should be #1.

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