MEQUON, Wis.- It has been a long time since someone has dominated the lane on the circuit like Cliff Alexander has been dominating it this summer. His recruitment has already experienced a shift, and there will be a shift in his 247Sports ranking.
Cliff Alexander is often a man amongst boys.
Some players experience physical contact and react to it. Others are oblivious to it and play through it. Place Karl Towns Jr. in the first category. Place Alexander in the second category.
In a match up between Sports U and Mac Irvin Fire at the Under Armour Summer Jam, Alexander was simply physically dominant. In fact his explosiveness around the basket was at times scary.
There are some good post prospects in this class but none come close to having the explosive athletic prowess of Alexander.
While he continues to blossom as a prospect, Alexander has had a significant shift in his recruitment. Consensus thought at one point had Alexander pegged for either Kentucky or Michigan State with Illinois lingering outside that duo.
After his game yesterday, however, Alexander listed Kansas, Louisville, Memphis and Arizona as the four schools he wanted to visit after the summer. In fact Louisville's Rick Pitino was on hand watching him play.
His fifth visit is a toss up between Kentucky and Florida, whom he recently added to his school list.
Certainly Alexander could take unofficial visits to Illinois and Michigan State, but there seems to have been a significant shift in his recruitment. Kansas has the momentum in his Crystal Ball predictions, and he has already visited the school once.
More Recruiting Notes
Raymond Dolby - Alexander's teammate, Doby provided some help around the rim. An aggressive 6-7 forward, Doby had three impressive finishes in the second half and served as Alexander's wing man of intimidation.
He has offers from Illinois State and Bradley, while interest is coming in from Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Florida State and Virginia Tech.
Josh Cunningham - Also at 6-7, Cunningham is one of the wing shooters for Mac Irvin. His latest offer is from Minnesota to go along with offers from Bradley, DePaul, Iowa, Iowa State, St. John's, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Cunningham said Oklahoma is recruiting him the hardest.
Wade Baldwin - A steady and talented combo guard, Baldwin played well for Sports U. After his game, he listed his top schools as Virginia Tech, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, USC, UConn and Seton Hall. All but USC and UConn have offered.
Ben Bentil - A physical force as an athletic forward, Bentil is in the process of becoming more comfortable as a basketball player.
Providence has joined Georgetown as the schools recruiting him the hardest. Bentil has already visited Georgetown and wants to visit the Hoyas again along with Providence and Miami.
St. Joe's, Temple and Rutgers are also on his list.
Leroy Butts - Pushing 6-8 and still growing, Butts is an intriguing 2015 prospect. The lefty has great length and an unorthodox game.
Cincinnati is currently his leader, and he said the Bearcats, West Virginia and DePaul are recruiting him the hardest. He also listed offers from Miami, Tennessee, Xavier and Georgetown and interest from Missouri.
Malik McDuffie - There is a lot of scoring power in this 2015 prospect's game. A long and wiry wing at 6-7, McDuffie specializes in making tough shots either off the dribble or on turn around jumpers.
He currently has offers from Seton Hall and Buffalo, but many more will be coming. McDuffie said Wake Forest is recruiting him the hardest followed by Cincinnati, Temple and Miami.
Brock Miller - One of the more inspiring performances of the day came from this 2015 6-5 shooting guard for the Utah Prospects. Miller carried his team in the second half and made shot after shot off the high ball screen.
Utah State and Idaho State have offered, Miller, who plans to graduate early from high school and immediate take his mission. He said that the local schools, Harvard and Boston College are recruiting him the hardest. He is also hearing from Colorado, Stanford and Boise State.
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