As the NBA draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Kansas forward Cliff Alexander.
Position: Power forward
High school: Curie, Chicago
ALL-USA history: Named to 2014 American Family Insurance ALL-USA First Team. Averaged 25 points and 16 rebounds per game, leading Curie to 26 wins that were later forfeited due to eligibility issues.
Height, weight: 6-8, 240 pounds
By the numbers: Scored only 7.1 points per game in 17.6 minutes, grabbing 5.3 rebounds. Was suspended toward end of season due to eligibility issues.
Draft positives: Alexander has a long 7’2” wingspan with great strength. He has a knack for finding rebounds, and he has the ability to be a shutdown defender around the rim. Alexander is also a pretty good finisher around the rim, and he’s a solid athlete with good energy.
Draft negatives: Alexander is fairly new to the game of basketball, and it shows in his lack of offensive weapons. He’s not a great shooter by any means, and he falls short of others when it comes to basketball IQ and instincts. Alexander will have to bank on his rim-protecting and rebounding skills to get him looks in the NBA.
Projection: Late first round-early second round
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