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Mar 072014
 
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Kansas signee Cliff Alexander has been named the 2014 recipient of the Naismith national high school player of the year award.

Alexander — a former Kentucky recruit — led Curie High School to the Chicago public league championship last month, but Curie’s entire season was vacated a few days later when an investigation revealed that the team was competing with several ineligible players.

The other finalists were Arizona signee Stanley Johnson and Duke signee Jahlil Okafor.

Ron Mercer is the only UK signee to win the award, which dates back to 1987. Mercer was honored in 1995 after completing his high school career at Oak Hill Academy.

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One game cancelled at Marshall County Hoop Fest

 Posted by at 9:45 PM on December 5, 2013  Comments Off
Dec 052013
 

BENTON, Ky. — The Marshall County Hoop Fest game between Curie High (Ill.) and Evangelical Christian (Tenn.) scheduled for Friday has been cancelled.

Evangelical Christian Coach Terry Tippett told the Herald-Leader that the expected winter weather was the reason for the cancellation.

The game was going to be missing its two star players anyway. Curie’s Cliff Alexander would have been serving a one-game suspension after receiving two technical fouls in his last game. Evangelical Christian’s Skal Labissiere — a top UK target — will be sidelined for several weeks with a stress fracture in his back.

Tournament organizers told the Herald-Leader that the rest of this weekend’s games will go on as planned. Some of the participating teams had already arrived in Marshall County on Thursday.

The full schedule and ticket info can be found at this link.

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2014 star Cliff Alexander sets a decision date

 Posted by at 10:58 AM on October 8, 2013  No Responses »
Oct 082013
 

One of the top five players in the Class of 2014 has set a date for his college decision.

Chicago big man Cliff Alexander tweeted Tuesday that he will announce Nov. 20 on ESPN. (Update: He later switched the decision date to Nov. 16). Alexander recently cut UK from consideration after he said the Cats stopped recruiting him.

On Monday, the 6-foot-9 power forward announced a final five that included Illinois, DePaul, Michigan State, Kansas and Memphis.

ESPN ranks Alexander as the No. 3 overall player in the Class of 2014.

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Oct 072013
 
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Five-star power forward Cliff Alexander said last month that he was no longer considering Kentucky after the Wildcats stopped communicating with him over the summer.

On Monday, the Class of 2014 star cut another school from consideration.

Alexander tweeted a list of his top five schools, which include Illinois, DePaul, Michigan State, Kansas and Memphis. He had previously been considering Arizona and took an official visit there last month, but the Pac-12 Wildcats did not make the latest cut.

ESPN ranks Alexander as the No. 3 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.

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Sep 232013
 
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Chicago high school star Cliff Alexander announced his top six schools Monday.

Kentucky, unsurprisingly, is not on the list.

Alexander told reporters over the weekend that UK had stopped recruiting him. The 6-foot-9 power forward is considered one of the top five players in the Class of 2014.

John Calipari is continuing to pursue a trio of big men in the 2014 class — Trey Lyles, Myles Turner and Jahlil Okafor. The Cats already have a commitment from New Jersey center Karl Towns.

Here’s Alexander’s new list …

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Tweet watch: Alexander/Lyle the next package deal?

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Sep 152013
 
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It looks as if there could be another “package deal” in the class of 2014.

Chicago big man Cliff Alexander tweeted Sunday that he “will be playing” on the same team as fellow five-star prospect JaQuan Lyle in college.

Lyle — a combo guard from Evansville, Ind. — decommitted from Louisville on Friday night. He will play his senior season at Huntington Prep (W.Va.).

Alexander is on an official visit to Arizona this weekend. His other four official visits are DePaul, Kansas, Memphis and Illinois. UK and Michigan State are among the other schools on his list.

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Cliff Alexander planning official visit to Illinois

 Posted by at 12:03 AM on September 13, 2013  2 Responses »
Sep 132013
 
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Illinois Coach John Groce had a pretty good Thursday.

First, he landed a commitment from Ballard point guard Quentin Snider. Then, Chicago big man Cliff Alexander announced that he will use one of his five official visits on a trip to Champaign.

Alexander will visit Illinois on Oct. 26. He used his first official visit on a trip to hometown DePaul in August. He also has official visits scheduled for Arizona (this weekend), Kansas (Oct. 4) and Memphis (Oct. 18).

Alexander said earlier this summer that Louisville would definitely get an official visit, but players are only allowed to take five official trips and the 6-foot-9 prospect never scheduled one for U of L.

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Jul 122013
 
Anthony Davis was a McDonald's All-American in 2011. Now he's going to be coaching some future college stars. Photo: Associated Press

Anthony Davis was a McDonald’s All-American in 2011. Now he’s going to be coaching some future college stars.
Photo: Associated Press

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis is one of several NBA stars who will coach some of the top high school basketball players in the country at an event in Las Vegas later this month.

On Friday, Position Sports announce the The8 tournament, which will feature eight of the nation’s best AAU teams. The event is scheduled for July 26-28 and will be played during an open recruiting period, which means college coaches may attend.

Davis will coach Mean Streets, his former AAU squad based in Chicago. Class of 2015 guard Charles Matthews is one of the team’s top players. He also was one of the first players from his class to receive a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Mac Irvin Fire, also based in Chicago, is among the other teams scheduled to play in the event. UK targets Cliff Alexander and Jahlil Okafor play for the Fire, along with recent Louisville commitment JaQuan Lyle.

Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Kenny Smith are among the other coaches.

For more info and a full schedule of games, click here.

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Jul 112013
 
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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.

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Apr 272013
 

HAMPTON, Va. — Between the commitment of Karl Towns and the possible return of one or two talented players, Kentucky is expected to have another loaded frontcourt for the 2014-15 season.

That’s not stopping John Calipari from trying to add to the wealth. Cliff Alexander — considered the No. 2 big man in the class of 2014 — still has the Cats at the top of his list.

And it sounds like he’s at the top of theirs.

“They’re coming pretty hard,” Alexander said. “I had a home visit with them a couple of days ago. It went well. My parents love Coach Cal.”

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