Alexander Enjoys Official Visit

Dripping Springs four-star wing prospect Daniel Alexander ended the drama of his recruitment months ago when he verbally pledged to play for head coach Mark Turgeon and the Texas A&M basketball program. However, his official visit this past weekend was a good opportunity to bond with his future teammates and begin the process of joining the program for the next four years.

Dripping Springs four-star wing prospect Daniel Alexander ended the drama of his recruitment months ago when he verbally pledged to play for head coach Mark Turgeon and the Texas A&M basketball program. However, his official visit this past weekend was a good opportunity to bond with his future teammates and begin the process of joining the program for the next four years. Based upon his comments following his visit, mission accomplished.

"It was a great visit. I had a good time hanging out with the team and getting to know them," Alexander said. "It's a close group and everybody is so talented. It's like a family and it's an ‘all for one, one for all' attitude with them. I'm pleased that I'll be playing with these guys at A&M."

While the social events and hanging out with the team was enjoyable, the 6-foot-8 sharpshooter said that the open gym pick-up games with the team and other recruits was the highlight of his visit to Aggieland.

"The highlight was playing in open gym with the team and being able to compete with so many talented players," Alexander said. "I can't tell you how talented these guys are. I never played against this caliber of talent and it was great to compete and gauge where I'm at."

So how did the Central Texan do against his future teammates?

"I thought I held my own," Alexander said. "But it's not like I scored a bunch of points. I mean, there's Donald Sloan and Derrick Roland playing with you and those guys were doing a great job of getting the ball in the hole. There are so many options with this team and everybody is looking for their shot, so nobody really dominates the games."

Alexander also cleared the air on his back injury that was reported on the AAU circuit this summer, and he said that in the long run the injury and subsequent layoff was a blessing in disguise.

"I developed a stress fracture in one of my vertebrate and I learned to play through the pain and I think that has made me a tougher player," Alexander said. "I also had to shut it down for two months and it was terrible. I didn't realize how important basketball was to me until I couldn't play. I have a much greater appreciation for the game, and it has motivated me to work harder and take every advantage of my opportunities."

The Dripping Springs native also spoke with Turgeon and the coaching staff about his potential role on the team next year and he realizes he'll need to be prepared and ready to compete for playing time next fall.

"He really put it on me. He said if I work hard to get bigger and I come in ready to play that he thought they could use my shooting right away," Alexander said. "He said I need to get bigger so I don't get pushed around, because the Big 12 is so physical. That's what I like about Coach Turgeon. He's a straight shooter. He won't sugar coat things, and he won't degrade you. He tells it like it is and focuses on making you a better basketball player. He's a good coach, and that's why I'm excited to play for him."

Before Alexander begins his collegiate career, he has a big task in leading a talented Dripping Springs squad in its quest for a state championship. With a core group of talent returning, the Tigers are positioned for a big 2009-2010 season.

"I've played with these guys since grade school so we play well together and we have good senior talent," Alexander said. "I saw a regional poll that listed us as the number one team to watch in central Texas. We have high expectations and we want to end it with a state championship."


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