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Thursday / May 13.
  • After Faking Out Illinois Fans, Alexander Signs With Kansas

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    After faking out Illinois fans on Friday at his press conference, Cliff Alexander signed with Kansas at about 8 a.m. Chicago time Saturday morning, his mom told SNY.tv.

    “Yes, we both [signed],” Latillia Alexander said.

    There had been some thought that he might sign late — thus allowing room for him to change his mind about college.

    The 6-foot-9 Chicago Curie star was torn between Illinois and Kansas, and toyed with the emotions of Illinois head coach John Groce and the Illini fanbase by first picking up an orange Illinois baseball cap before putting on a Kansas cap.

    “What the hell just happened?” one Illinois student is heard to say in the above video.

    “It was something my teammates thought I should do,” Alexander said, according to ESPNChicago.com. “So I just did.”

    It turned out to be a rough day for Illinois because one-time commit Quentin Snider reversed course and signed with Louisville.

    Alexander said he considers himself a one-and-done player, and picked Kansas in part because of Bill Self’s record of sending guys to the NBA.

    Alexander is currently projected as the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com — behind fellow Chicago big man Jahlil Okafor and Texas big man Myles Turner. Okafor picked Duke on Friday, while Turner will sign in the spring.



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.