Cliff-Hanger

Elite big man Cliff Alexander has everybody apprehensive about his college decision. And he seems comfortable amid the suspense.

Cliff Alexander likes to dunk, he likes to win basketball games and he likes flashy shoes. However, another thing he also seems to like is suspense.

The Curie High School power forward narrowed his list to ten schools in June (no order): Kansas, Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville, Illinois, DePaul. Indiana, Memphis, Baylor, and Arizona.

Now, of course, in true journalist fashion, I bugged him about giving me a top seven list. And of course, in true recruit fashion, he replied he "didn't have one." However, he said, the University of Illinois "would be on that list."

There goes some of that suspense.

It is no secret that Alexander has a strong relationship with Kansas assistant coach Jerrance Howard, a former member of the Illini staff. In some circles, Howard is considered one of the top recruiters in college basketball, and is especially fond of the Chicagoland area. Alexander had an in house visit with Kansas on Monday, Sept. 9.

"The visit went well," Alexander says. "I think my mom is getting comfortable with Coach (Bill) Self and Coach Howard. I think I would fit perfectly at Kansas, like a Thomas Robinson or Markieff Morris."

Because of this bond between Howard and Alexander, most people believe that Kansas currently has the edge.

But remember, Alexander is fond of suspense.

I tweeted one of Cliff Alexander's quotes about Kansas, and an Illinois fan (who just so happens to be a member of our site here), tweeted "the kid is going to Kansas. Anybody who has followed recruiting for years can figure this one out."

Alexander's response to him: "Don't be so sure."

The No. 2 nationally ranked recruit told me that the pressure "sometimes gets annoying," but he has "learned to deal with it." His main goal is doing what's best for his future.

"I'm cool with every coach on the list. Its really important to choose the right school because I have to make sure the school fits me, and has a great relationship with my family, but I definitely sometimes feel pressure" says Alexander.

So after a tumultuous week of deleted Instagram pictures of shoes, in home visits from Kansas, and witty twitter responses, Cliff still has us all wondering what's next.

But what would recruiting be without a little old-fashioned suspense?


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