August 3, 2012 in High School
Michigan State is one of several high major programs recruiting class of 2014 Chicago Curie big man Cliff Alexander, and basketball fans in Michigan anxious to see what all the hype is about will get a chance to watch Alexander play against Muskegon High School Jan. 5. Mark Opfermann of the Muskegon Chronicle reports that Curie will play Muskegon in a showcase being put together by Muskegon coach Keith Guy. Here are the details:
Guy is searching for an eighth team to fill out the schedule of the varsity basketball extravaganza for the day-long Saturday event.
All games will be played at Redmond-Potter Gymnasium starting at 1 p.m. and highlighted by Muskegon’s game against Chicago Curie in the final matchup of the night at 7 p.m.
Chicago Curie is led by junior Cliff Alexander, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound post player who is considered among the top national recruits for the class of 2014. Michigan State is considered to be high on Alexander’s list in the recruiting battles.
“He’s a beast,” Guy said. “Last year they had another guard that went with him. I think they will be really tough.”
Even without an eight team named, there’s still a lot of collected talent on those rosters of the seven confirmed teams. MSU has reportedly already offered Alexander and the Chicago Tribune reported he recently picked up an offer from Kentucky:
John Calipari doesn’t waste his time recruiting players who don’t have that kind of potential, and Alexander recently added Kentucky to his lengthy list of scholarship offers.
“I talked to (Calipari) the day before the offer and he said he wanted to coach me,” Alexander said. “The next day I got a text from Coach Orlando (Antigua) that I have a scholarship offer. It is something I’ve been waiting for a long time.”
Michigan State long has been considered the leader for Alexander, but his excitement over the offer and Calipari’s ability to land his targets would seem to make it a two-horse race.
“That is not the case,” Alexander said. “I just like the coaching staffs (at Michigan State and Kentucky). That’s it.”