2010 shooter high on Aggies

Dripping Springs (TX) forward Daniel Alexander turned lots of heads over the summer in the AAU circuit. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with him about his success this summer, as well as his recruiting calendar? Who are is favorites? Where do the Aggies stand?

With the Class of 2009 ready to sign LOI's in a couple of months and many schools already filled up, the Class of 2010 heads into the spotlight. One of the rising stars from this summer's AAU circuit was Dripping Springs (TX) forward Daniel Alexander. The 6-foot-8, 195-pound sharp shooter turned the heads of several national recruiting experts with his play at a couple of national events with the Texas Ambassadors. Known more as a shooter as opposed to a post player, Alexander went toe-to-toe with some of the best big men in the country and that's what the experts wanted to see.

"I take pride in my shooting and my range goes past the three-point line. I've always been thought of as a big man who plays well outside," Alexander said. "But this summer I showed people that I'm a versatile player that can play physical down low when I need to, and I can step out and be a finesse player."

There's no question that shooting the ball is Alexander's biggest strength, and while he has improved his inside game that thrust him into the national spotlight this summer, he realizes that he has a lot of room for improvement and is working hard everyday to take his game even higher.

"I really want to improve my footwork and get better on defense," Alexander said. "I'm also working out and I need to get bigger to prepare to play inside at the next level."

However, don't tell that to the major D-1 programs in the nation that are already recruiting the big man who's still growing and will likely end up another inch or two taller. Among the schools showing serious interest are Arizona, Texas A&M, Texas, Baylor, and Marquette. Alexander attended the elite camp of all five schools, and all five liked what they saw.

"I did pretty good at the elite camps," Alexander said. "I'm hearing from every school whose camp I attended."

While the Texas native says he's a year away from choosing a school, he did say he has three schools out in front right now.

"I'd have to say that Arizona, Texas A&M, and Texas are my top three at the moment," Alexander said. "Each program has many of the things I'm looking for in terms of atmosphere, academics, and a good coaching staff that I like and respect."

Alexander recently took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M, and he discussed his thoughts about the Aggies.

"I really like Coach Turgeon and the staff. The new basketball facility is state of the art and the fans are excited about basketball again," Alexander said. "They have all the pieces to compete for a national championship over the next couple of years."

Living in the Austin area, Alexander certainly has the Longhorns high on his list. He attends football games with his father and has watched several Longhorn basketball games in recent years.

"My dad has season tickets to football, and we go to some games," Alexander said. "Coach Barnes is a great coach and the program is established. That's why they are one of my top schools."

Even though Arizona is the one school on his list that is outside the state of Texas, that doesn't rule them out as a legitimate candidate for his signature.

"I loved Arizona when I went out there for a camp," Alexander said. "Coach Olsen is one of the greatest coaches in the game and he took a lot of interest in me at the camp and was very hands-on. I wouldn't have a problem leaving the state to go there."

Alexander plans to take in several more unofficial visits to all three schools over the next year before coming to a final decision.

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