With a little more than 24 hours to go before he publicly announces his college choice, Cliff Alexander knows where he wants to go.
“He has decided in his mind and he’s happy with his decision,” Latillia Alexander, Cliff’s mother, told SNY.tv Thursday.
The 6-foot-9 Chicago Curie big man will announce at 4 p.m. ET Friday on ESPNU. Fellow Top 10 recruits Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Stanley Johnson will also announce during that hour.
Alexander is considering DePaul, Illinois, Kansas and Memphis.
There have been reports and speculation out of Chicago that the 6-10 Okafor and Alexander won’t end up at the same school despite being AAU teammates on the Mac Irvin Fire.
Yet Okafor and Jones are also considering Kansas — as well as Baylor and Duke — so it is at least theoretically possible that the Jayhawks could land both Chicago big men and all three players.
Wherever Alexander lands, Chicago Curie coach Mike Oliver feels he will do well.
“His upside is great,” Oliver told SNY.tv. “Cliff’s only been playing five years. He’s gotten better every year. I think his best basketball is still ahead of him. He’s going to be a great player. If he gets an opportunity to play right away, I think it will help him grow.”
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