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.