One of the best versatile big men in the state of Texas for 2010, Dripping Springs' Daniel Alexander is seeing his interest from high Division I programs continue to rise this spring. The 6-foot-8, 200-pound prospect has been recruited and offered by schools such as Marquette, Arizona, and Texas A&M since last summer, but based on his junior season other schools are trying to get involved.
"I've improved a lot since last year. It's not just one thing. I'm generally faster and stronger," Alexander said. "I feel I'm stronger on the boards and in traffic, and my ability to go outside and take on a guard has improved. I'd like to play some wing in college, and adding quickness to guard on the outside has been important."
Several Big 12 South teams are joining Texas A&M in their pursuit of the versatile post who can step out and hit a three-pointer or who can score with his back to the basket and pound the boards.
"Interest has picked up since the end of the college season," Alexander said. "I'm hearing a lot more from Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Arizona State in addition to A&M and Arizona. "
With Dripping Springs being just 25 miles down the road from Austin, the newfound interest from Rick Barnes and the Texas staff looks like an intriguing twist to Alexander's recruiting process.
"The coaches said they were looking for a low post at first, but they've decided to go after more of a combo wing/post and I fit that mold," Alexander said. "Their staff has been talking to my coaches and they've invited me to some open gyms at the school. They haven't offered yet."
Alexander indicated that an offer from the Longhorns would be flattering and something that would figure into his decision process, but he indicated that he plans to take several unofficial visits and participate in school elite summer camps.
"I hope to take another look at all the schools that are recruiting me," Alexander said. "I plan to attend several team elite camps this summer and then I'll see where I'm at. That's the plan for now."
But despite all the new interest from other Big 12 South schools, the Central Texas product hasn't taken his eye off the Big 12 school that has been recruiting him the longest. He still lists the Aggies very high on his list.
"I'd say that Texas A&M is still up there for me," Alexander said. "I've built a close relationship with their coaches and players and that's important to me. It's a school that has been recruiting me a long time and I'm comfortable with the direction of the program."
In the meantime, Alexander is hitting the AAU circuit hard with his team, The Texas Ambassadors. They've recently participated in a tournament in Denver, and most recently made it all the way to the semifinals in The Easter Showdown in Las Vegas.
Interest Picking Up For Alexander
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