Kentucky Wildcat Basketball: Three Team Race for 2014 Star Cliff Alexander


2014 five star power forward and number five recruit Cliff Alexander is one of the most coveted players in the 2014 class. John Calipari already has one spot locked up for 2014 with Karl Towns, Jr., the five star #11 player in 2014.

Alexander has offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Illinois, UConn, Ohio State, and a plethora of “Who’s Who” in college basketball. When asked about Kentucky at the EYBL, Alexader had this to say:

Kentucky and John Calipari have similar plans, and already have highly rated centerKarl TownsJr. in place for 2014. Alexander sees himself as compatible with the Wildcats’ plans.

“They want to develop me, get me like a Terrence Jones and I’m looking forward to that. [Karl Towns] and I can play together—he’s a five and I’m a four. We’ll work from there.”

It is believed to be a three horse race for Alexander and the top three are Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan State. He is a Chicago native, so expect the Spartans and the Illini to push home proximity.\

It’s a slow sports news day due to the Memorial Day holiday so what better opportunity to poke a little fun at Louisville fans. A recent fanpost on the Card Chronicle website posed the question: “Harrison Twins Over-Rated?” Here are some highlights:

I got tired of hearing how much better “The Twins” were than anybody UL had. So I decided to see for myself. I watched the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoops Summit. You can too on Espn3.com. I have come to the conclusion that one twin is highly over-rated and the other is legit.

Attitudes

If you Google “Harrison twins attitudes”, you will find many articles about their poor attitudes. I didn’t see anything in these two games to warrant concern. But it is interesting that CBS has them as the 3rd most likely recruit(s) to be a bust. They polled 30 coaches. It seems to be a common thread among coaches and scouts that they are selfish and have poor attitudes. Other elite players have complained that they do not like playing with them. It sounds like Coach Cal will have his hands full if any of this is true.

Watch these two games and tell me if you see something different. I doubt you will have any stress about superior guard play from our blue clad friends. PG Harrison is the real deal. SG Harrison not so much. Either way, neither of them has the speed to contain Russ Smith…but who does?

 Louisville fans are scared to death of the 2013 Wildcats. Why else would they spend time in order to watch the Twins and try to determine whether or not they are overrated?
As for the comment that neither have the speed to defend Russ Smith, I find that laughable. Andrew and Aaron are 6’5 and just as fast as Smith. Not to mention that Russ is 5’11 even though he is listed as 6’1. Andrew and Aaron will tear their front court to shreds as Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Julius Randle will make short work of Chane Behannan, Luke Hancock, Stephen Van Treese and some dude named Mango that nobody has seen play a significant amount of competitive basketball.
The Harrison Twins have a notorious will to win and take all criticism as a personal challenge. Hopefully Cardinal fans get flapping their beaks.

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