ACC pursuit in full bloom for Alexander

When I watched Tyshon Alexander at the Phenom 150 a year ago, he was a promising, yet slender freshman guard who showed flashes.

A year later, TyShon Alexander has begun to fill out physically and has become more consistent with his production.

Alexander attends Charlotte (N.C.) Northside Christian, a program that has gained prominence emphatically within the state. He'll take on a key role for the squad in 2014-15, as he's far ahead of the curve physically.

A solidly built 6-4, 188 pounds, he's already fairly close to his eventual college weight. His muscularity will enable him to focus on the skill aspects of his game the next three years in the high school ranks, while many of his peers perpetually struggle with weaker bodies.

Alexander is a slashing scorer who shoots a flat ball but nevertheless has nice touch and a smooth perimeter stroke. He also possesses above-average athleticism and is a capable handler and passer who can lead the break. He'll need to continue working on his shot and ability to create, but his recruitment already carries high-major overtones.

"Clemson, Virginia Tech and Charlotte have offered, and I've been on unofficials there and to Wake Forest," Alexander said. "North Carolina and Duke are also recruiting me. Clemson and Virginia Tech are coming after me the hardest."

Given his size and strength, Alexander could develop into a swingman at the next level. While a lot of players his height may want to be categorized as a guard exclusively, the confident sophomore is undeterred by whatever role his ultimate coach wants him to play.

"I can play the two or the three," Alexander said. "That doesn't matter to me. I'm just big in the weightroom right now and doing a lot of running to be at my best."

He played with Team Charlotte this past summer and added that he plans to tour with them in 2015 as well. Alexander will be a mainstay in our coverage through the Class of 2017 recruiting cycle.


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