Visit Trail

With the formalities of measurements and a workout at the Orlando pre-draft camp out of the way, WVU junior Joe Alexander is lining up workouts with individual NBA teams.

First up for Alexander was a visit to the New York , where he performed in front of new Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni. D'Antoni's up and down style would seem to be a good fit for Alexander, who could showcase his athletic skills in such a system. Alexander worked out with five other players, including Arizona's Chase Budinger, whose team WVU defeated in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Alexander conducted his second workout with Milwaukee, where he again showcased his shooting skills for head coach Scott Skiles and members of the Bucks staff.

Alexander also has workouts set with D'Antoni's former team, Phoenix, along with Golden State, Sacramento and Portland. He could add more, including sessions with Memphis and Indiana.

At these workouts, Alexander will get the chance to perform in individual drills, one-on-ones, and some three-on-three situations.

Alexander's draft status continues to rise, as he remains on the sweet spot of a rising talent with all the attention focused on his considerable skills. As a relative newcomer to the draft scene, Alexander is still a hot commodity for NBA scouts, who haven't had the time to begin the inevitable picking apart process that often follows a player who enjoys a meteoric rise up the charts. With the draft less than three weeks away, however, it seems unlikely that Alexander will suffer any downslide in draft status.

As of now, Alexander looks to hold a spot in the 10-15 range, and could possibly slide into the lottery. The Knicks pick at number six. Portland (13th pick) and Golden State (14th) are two other strong possibilities for Alexander.

Mountaineers Daily Top Stories