Lafayette, La., small forward Galen Alexander admits his situation is different than most prospects in regards to his recruitment by the Western Kentucky University basketball staff.
"I have a lot of connections with those guys," Alexander said.
The 6-foot-6, 190-pound Alexander, ranked as the No. 62 prospect in the Class of 2017, said he has close relationships with head coach Rick Stansbury and assistants Quannas White and Shammond Williams.
And it's because of those relationships the Toppers made his final seven.
"I have a good relationship with those guys," Alexander told WKU Insider on Friday night. "Coach Stansbury was recruiting me when he was at Texas A&M and he's a great guy. Shammond (Williams) has been like a mentor to me and has helped me a lot and Quannas White was my AAU coach (the Louisiana Dynasty) when I was in seventh and eighth grade.
"So I know those guys well and I really like them."
Alexander, who has more than 30 scholarship offers, recently narrowed his list to seven schools. WKU joins Marquette, LSU, Arizona, North Carolina State, Memphis, and TCU on the race for Alexander.
But he said WKU is one he "really wants to visit" sometime soon.
"Western Kentucky is on the come up," Alexander said. "I wouldn't mind be part of it. They're one of those schools that's really going to make some noise. I have to look at them."
Alexander had previously said Marquette and Arizona would also likely get official visits.
With the Toppers, Alexander said he's friends with recent WKU commitment Mitchell Robinson, who also plays on the EYBL circuit and is the No. 12 player in the '17 class. He said he would talk to Robinson about the Toppers.
"Of course, I have to see what he says," Alexander said. "Some really good guys are coming there already and they're definitely going to get more of them in the future."