Alexander Down to Three

Dripping Springs big man Daniel Alexander has a tough decision to make in recruiting, but has already made good progress. With a shade under a year left for the class of 2010, Alexander has narrowed the field to three hopefuls. Websider visits with the prospect about his choices.

One of the top 2010 big men in the lone star state resides in Dripping Springs, a small town in the Texas Hill Country roughly 25 miles from Austin. At 6-foot-8, 190-pounds, Daniel Alexander is a versatile big man who can battle in the paint or step out and hit a three-point shot. His well-rounded game is attracting attention from several major D-1 programs.

"I've always been a good shooter, but I've worked on my foot speed and I can take it to the basket as well as post up a big man," Alexander said. "My strength as a player is my versatility. If I'm matched up with a smaller player, I can post up and take advantage. If a bigger man is on me, I'm comfortable drawing him outside and taking advantage of my speed and shooting range."

His improvement with his quickness is a result of hard work in the offseason and focusing on a training regimen with a professional trainer.

"I worked all offseason with a personal trainer and we worked agility and quickness drills," Alexander said. "We used the Nike SPARQ program and I've noticed a difference this season. It really helped. I plan to do it next offseason as well."

While Alexander has received interest and scholarship offers from many programs across the country, his recruitment is focused on three programs – Texas A&M, Texas, and Arizona.

"A&M is recruiting me the hardest and the coaching staff is great," Alexander said. "Right now, everything at A&M looks just right."

Daniel's interest in the Aggies is causing some good-natured ribbing from his father, who is a Texas football season ticket holder.

"Yeah, we joke about it a lot. We've always gone to the Texas football games and he still has his season tickets," Alexander said. "But joking aside, he's been very supportive of me and he likes the situation at A&M too."

However, Alexander is not ready to make a decision and wants to visit each of his three finalists after the season to collect more information on each school and each program. He hopes to have a decision by this summer, but plans to make his choice when the time is right.

"I want to take some more visits," Alexander said. "Right now, I know I'm going to A&M for the OU game a week from Saturday and I hope to spend some time hanging out with the players after the game. I'm sure I'll go to a Texas game, and we may get on a plane and go see Arizona also."

Alexander plans to play the AAU circuit this spring with the Texas Ambassadors. In the meantime, he'll be leading Dripping Springs into district play as the Tigers open up with Austin McCallum High School this Friday.




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