Cliff Alexander- PF, Curie Metropolitan (IL)
Post Play: Alexander is one of the best post players in the country. He uses his size and strength to gain position in the paint and can knock down jump hooks with ease. Although he could work on his moves with his back to the basket, Alexander is a reliable interior passer with good hands and has worked to be able to hit jump shots from out to 15 feet more consistently. He may not have ideal height for a center, but he makes up for it with his versatility and tremendous skill set. Simply put, Alexander is at his best when using his size and power to dominate opponents inside the paint.
Athleticism: Alexander is a terrific athlete for a center. He doesn't jump very high, but he's got great feet and can throw down vicious dunks over opponents. He's a mobile, active body who runs the floor well and plays with great energy. Alexander is also a dynamic pick and roll player because of his ability to catch and finish after setting tough screens. He could continue to improve his strength and conditioning, but has put himself in the discussion for best big man in the country with his play for the Mac Irvin Fire on the AAU circuit.
Defense: Alexander is a monster rebounder on both ends of the court. He doesn't mind getting physical with opponents to earn position and uses his great hands to bring down every board in his area. He also plays with urgency on defense that not many other players in the country can match. Alexander has a tremendous ability to block shots from the help side and when playing one-on-defense against opponents. With his combination of size and athleticism, Alexander is the type of player you can build your whole team around.
Side Note: Alexander has reportedly cut his list down to Illinois, DePaul, Michigan State, Kansas, and Memphis. But SMU commit Emmanuel Mudiay mentioned he has been talking to Alexander about joining the Mustangs in his USA Today blog last week and believes Alexander is considering it. He will make his final decision on November 20th.
Offers: SMU, Arizona, Baylor, Connecticut, DePaul, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, N.C. State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and more.
Measureables: 6-9, 260
Ranking: A five-star in the Class of 2014 and the No. 3 rated center.
Allonzo Trier- SG, Montrose Christian (MD) (2015)
Scoring: Trier is one of the most gifted scorers in his class. He is a lights out shooter with great touch and unlimited range on the court. He also has a very smooth but quick release on his jumpers and can make shots off the dribble. Trier uses his great athleticism and length to drive past opponents and into the lane. He has the ability to finish well in traffic and can throw down impressive dunks. Trier had 64 in a game this season and might be one of the most difficult covers in the country out on the wing.
Playmaking Ability: When he isn't scoring, Trier has the ability to make plays for his teammates. He has no problem getting past his opponents and into the lane but needs to look to set up his teammates more often. He knows he is a terrific scorer who can take games over, but hasn't learned how to run a team properly and avoid dominating the ball. With his ability to score at will, Trier should be able to improve on his playmaking ability when he is surrounded by more talented teammates in college.
Defense: Trier isn't really recognized for his defense, but has the ability to be a disruptive player on that end of the floor. He can use his great length and athleticism to jump passing lanes and cause turnovers that lead to fast breaks. Trier is also a sneaky good shot blocker at times and can make life difficult for his opponents in the paint. He's a below-average rebounder for his position and could work on staying more active on defense. But the ability to be a shutdown defender is in his skill set if he applies himself.
Side Note: Trier transferred to Montrose Christian from Tulsa Noah before this school year. He averaged 30 points per game last year as a sophomore. In 2009, he was on the front page of the New York Times when they ran a story about future basketball stars. Trier was 13 years old and in sixth grade at the time.
Offers: SMU, Baylor, Connecticut, Houston, Marquette, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, Rice, Texas A&M, Temple, Tulsa, Virginia, Washington, Wichita State, and more.
Measureables: 6-3, 180
Ranking: A four-star in the Class of 2015 and the No. 10 rated shooting guard.
Matt McQuaid- SG, Duncanville (2015)
Shooting: McQuaid is known for being one of the best shooters in the country. He has great touch and an incredibly quick release to go along with his unlimited range. He can hit from well behind the NBA three-point line and doesn't mind having a defender's hand in his face. McQuaid is terrific as a spot up shooter but can create for himself off the dribble as well if he needs to. With the ability to knock down shots from anywhere on the floor, McQuaid would be a valuable asset to any program.
Playmaking Ability: McQuaid has been unfairly categorized as a one trick pony. He is definitely a terrific shooter, but don't sleep on his ability to make plays for others. McQuaid is a very willing and able passer who has a good feel for the game and terrific basketball IQ. He doesn't turn the ball over much and uses his sneaky athleticism to beat guys off the dribble and finish above the rim. McQuaid may be known for his shooting, but he is a much more complete offensive player who has the ability to be the main scoring option on the wing for a team.
Defense: McQuaid is a very underrated defender. He stays active and works hard on the defensive end to cause problems for his opponents. Although he isn't a terrific athlete, McQuaid is competitive in the paint when fighting for rebounds on both ends of the floor. He still needs to work on his lateral foot speed to become a better one-on-one defender but finds ways to create steals and turnovers through his energy and hustle.
Side Note: McQuaid visited SMU during its football game vs. Texas Tech at the beginning of the season. He averaged 12 points per game as a sophomore last year.
Offers: SMU, Alabama, Baylor, Boise State, Creighton, Kansas State, Lehigh, Miami, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, San Francisco, Texas, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and more.
Measureables: 6-5, 175
Ranking: A four-star in the Class of 2015 and No. 15 rated small forward.
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