NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Chicago big man Cliff Alexander caused quite a stir last week when he said that neither Kentucky nor Michigan State would get one of his five official visits.
Alexander, who is ranked by ESPN as the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2014, will take official visits to Arizona, Kansas, Memphis and Louisville. He said he didn’t need to take one to UK or Michigan State because he already has visited those campuses.
Many observers said that Alexander has also already visited Kansas, yet the Jayhawks will receive one of his official visits. Alexander clarified that Thursday, saying that his parents accompanied him on his trips to UK and Michigan State, but they didn’t go on last month’s unofficial visit to Kansas.
“I want to get down there and show my parents,” Alexander said.
He made it clear that UK and Michigan State are high on his list. When asked whether either school had dropped a notch in recent weeks, Alexander said, “not at all” four times before adding: “I still love them. They’re still recruiting me hard.”
But don’t look for either school to get his fifth official visit. Early in the interview, he ruled out the possibility of using that final official on another trip to Lexington or East Lansing. Later he said there was “a chance they could get it.” The other schools on his list include Indiana, Illinois, DePaul and Baylor.
Alexander visited UK for last year’s Big Blue Madness.
He will visit Arizona in September, Kansas on Oct. 4 and Memphis on Oct. 18. He has not yet scheduled a specific date for the trip to Louisville and said he hasn’t thought much about the fifth official visit.
A college decision didn’t sound imminent.
“I’m not committing anytime soon,” Alexander said. “I don’t know when I will commit.”