Senior power forward Cliff Alexander (Chicago, Ill./Curie), , the No. 3-ranked prospect according to ESPN Recruiting Nation, cut his school list by one on Oct. 7. Then on Oct. 8, Alexander said that he will announce on where he intends to play college basketball on Nov. 20
"There weren't any certain reasons why he eliminated Arizona," said Curie coach Mike Oliver, who, along with Alexander's mother and father, is helping him with the recruiting process. "I think he likes the five schools he's got. He knows more about them and is more comfortable with those five."
Alexander has already made official visits to DePaul and Kansas. He has an official visit to Memphis planned for Oct. 18 and one to Illinois planned for Oct. 26. He might also still take an unofficial visit to Michigan State.
Alexander told ESPNChicago.com in September that he was considering DePaul and Illinois because he was interested in playing in-state and liked the direction the programs were headed.
DePaul's has helped its position with Alexander by their recent recruiting efforts in Chicago. Alexander was intrigued by the possibility of playing with former Chicago Public League players Billy Garrett, Tommy Hamilton, Rashaun Stimage and Myke Henry according to ESPN's Paul Biancardi.
"I love [DePaul] coach Oliver Purnell," Alexander said. "He's a great guy. He's built a great relationship with my mom. We had a fun time. I'm really considering them. It helps a lot playing with Tommy, Myke, Billy and Rashaun. I know those guys."
Alexander said he also felt comfortable with the Illini's coaching staff and players.
"Coach [John] Groce, since he got the job, he's been communicating with me well," Alexander said. "My mom loves him, that whole coaching staff. I've been down there a few times and just hanging with the guy."
Alexander is an athletic and mobile big man who is very active on the defensive end. He excels at rebounding and is a very good shot blocker. He also can knock down the 15-foot jumper on a consistent basis as well as put the ball on the floor.
Alexander stills needs to develop his strength and ball-handling ability.