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NBPA TOP 100 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CAMP: RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (ALEXANDER, JENKINS, FRAZIER & MORE)
By Matt Whitfield
The NBPA Top 100 High School Basketball Camp for 2012 came to a conclusion at the University of Virginia late Saturday afternoon. Many of the top players from the Classes of 2013 and 2014 converged on Charlottesville since Wednesday and, as always, the competition was top-notch.
Below are some additional recruiting notes from some of the players NBE Sports was able to talk with during the camp.
CLIFF ALEXANDER TAKING HIS TIME
Entering the camp one of the hottest names in the recruiting landscape had been Cliff Alexander, a Class of 2014 C/PF from Curie High School in Chicago. The 6-foot-9 Alexander recently had an impressive showing at the Pangos All-American camp and quickly solidified himself among the elite prospects in the class.
Alexander played well this week at UVA, averaging 9 points and 6.6 rebounds a game, the rebounding number was good for the third highest average of the entire camp of 110 players.
While virtually the entire country is certainly interested in a talent like Alexander and he will be one of the highest recruited players in the class without a doubt, he mentioned schools such as Michigan State, Indiana, Louisville, Florida, Florida State, Connecticut, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Iowa, DePaul, and Michigan as having shown interest and/or offered at this point. However, Alexander readily admitted the recruiting process is not something too much of a priority to him quite yet.
“I really don’t pay much attention to it,” Alexander told NBE Sports of recruiting.
While many media outlets have reported that Michigan State has put themselves into a very strong early position for Alexander, he talked of another Big 10 program that has caught his eye.
“I think they’re going to make it to the Sweet 16 next year,” Alexander said of Indiana. “They got a lot of players coming in, a couple guys from my class committed already. I think they’ll be pretty good.”
Alexander has made it to Bloomington for an unofficial visit and liked what he saw around the Hoosier program.
“It’s a great campus,” he said. “I loved the practice facility and the coaching staff. I’d love it out there.”
Would that make Indiana a leader for his services?
“Yea, right now I think they are,” said Alexander.
However, as mentioned, Alexander isn’t really paying much attention to the recruiting process right now. Plus, another statement Alexander made to NBE Sports that will keep many fans of IU, MSU or others from getting too excited too early on the prospects of seeing Alexander don their favorite school’s uniform, when asked if he had a dream school while growing up he said that would be Kentucky.
While John Calipari hit it big out of the Windy City again? He just might have the chance to in 2014 with Cliff Alexander!
INJURED KRIS JENKINS UPDATED HIS RECRUITMENT
Kris Jenkins had a tough break as an injured finger kept him out of action after the first game of camp. So while Jenkins was unable to show off his game to scouts and receive much of the top-notch camp instruction as he had to receive medical attention, he did check in with NBE Sports and update the latest on his recruitment. At this stage Mike Rice and Rutgers have positioned themselves very well for the 6-foot-5 forward who plays with DC Assault on the AAU circuit. Jenkins recently visited RU and likes everything about the program.
“Coach Mike Rice, Coach Dave Cox and the coaching staff there at Rutgers and all the players there with Eli [Carter], Jerome Seagers and Myles Mack, those guys are great and I’m very interested in Rutgers,” said Jenkins. “I plan on looking into that school a lot more and being a lot more active with that school.”
The recent visit to Rutgers was his first and only true recruiting unofficial visit in the process. He definitely wants to get back for an official visit in the fall.
“I’ve only taken one, but you know if everything [with Rutgers] pans out the way it is supposed to hopefully I can take an official visit there, but you know we’re going to make that step when we get there.”
While the Scarlet Knights look to be in a very strong position for Jenkins, they do have some competition with others making scholarship offers.
“[I have] offers from Miami, Seton Hall, George Washington, Xavier, Penn State, Boston College, South Carolina, Clemson, and that’s all I can think of at the moment,” he said.
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Keith Frazier, a 6-foot-4 guard from Irving (TX) had a solid camp, scoring just over 7 PPG in games. His list of schools currently reads Arizona, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Memphis, Texas, Baylor, Kansas, Marquette and Kentucky.
While he has yet to make any unofficial visits, he does have one official visit in mind he hopes he can take.
“I’d like to take an official to Kentucky,” Frazier told NBE Sports.
The talent from the Lonestar State in the Class of 2013 and 2014 is definitely very impressive and deep. Karviar Shepherd, a 6-foot-10 big man from DeSoto (TX) has been on the radar of more and more programs searching for a top big man in the Class of 2013 recruiting efforts. Shepherd told NBE he is just taking the recruiting process as it comes right now.
D’Angelo Russell, a Class of 2014 shooting guard was an impressive offensive force during the camp. The 6-foot-3 native of Louisville (KY) who attends Montverde (FL) Academy averaged 9.7 points a game, good enough for 12th on the camp’s scoring list among players who played more than two games.
While Russell mentioned he will visit Cincinnati next week, he also gave NBE his opinion on which four schools are on him the hardest at this point.
“I would probably say Louisville, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio State [are coming after me the hardest]”