Alexander enjoys Big Blue Madness

Five-star 2014 big man Cliff Alexander was among the long list of visitors that UK played host to on Friday night for Big Blue Madness.

Among the long list of visitors for Big Blue Madness on Friday was five-star Chicago (Ill.) Curie Metropolitan center Cliff Alexander.

The nation's No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2014 said he enjoyed his first trip to Lexington.

"It was really good," Alexander said. "I had fun. I had heard a lot of stories about it, how crazy the fans are down there. It was definitely crazy. They put on a good show."

The 6-foot-10 Alexander didn't get to spend a great deal of time with UK coach John Calipari -- "He was kind of busy that night," he said with a laugh -- but he did get a chance to hang out with fellow recruits like the recently-committed Harrison twins, James Young, Derek Willis, Marcus Lee, Jaquan Lyle, Trey Lyles and Karl Towns.

"A bunch of good guys," he said. "I know all of them through AAU and summer ball. They're recruiting a lot of great players right now."

Kentucky's basketball facilities also made a strong impression on Allexander.

"I really liked the practice facility," he said. "We got to shoot a few shots over there while we were hanging out. It was great. I also liked how the new dorms were right next to the practice facility so you can get over there real easy any time you like. Everything they have there is really nice."

Alexander is not listing schools at this juncture in his recruitment. "I'm not ready to start doing that yet," he said. Programs like UK, Michigan State, Ohio State, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, DePaul, Florida State and Tennessee have been linked to him this summer.

"I don't have any favorites yet, but Kentucky is cool," he said. "I do like them a lot."

Alexander is considering an unofficial visit to Kansas this coming weekend.

According to FoxSports/Scout national basketball analyst Evan Daniels, "Alexander is a tough, hand-nosed big man. He brings energy and effort on both ends of the floor and owns his area rebounding-wise." Alexander is the No. 2 center in his class behind only fellow Chicago prospect Jahlil Okafor.

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