- Reggie Rankin, RecruitingNation
Cliff Alexander (Chicago/Curie), the top power forward is the class of 2014, is close to completing his official visits and then will move into the decision-making process.
Alexander has four official visits in the books. He went to DePaul, Arizona, Kansas and most recently Memphis. Illinois is up next, this coming weekend.
"I am still thinking about taking an unofficial visit to Michigan State but still not 100-percent sure yet," Alexander said.
Alexander, whose parents attended the Memphis visit with him, was very impressed with coach Josh Pastner, the fans and the city.
"I got along with Coach Pastner and the players real well. They were real cool and my mom and dad enjoyed the visit a lot," Alexander said. "The fans were great. I felt like LeBron James walking down Beale Street. They showed me a lot of love.
"We also got to spend time with family. My grandmother's sister lives right outside of Memphis and she came by to visit with us."
Alexander, who is arguably the best rebounder and low-post defender in the class, knows what he wants most in a coaching staff.
"I have to go with the coaching staff that can develop me the best and get me ready for the next level," said Alexander, who has an academic interest in sports broadcasting.
Alexander will start to process everything with his mom after the visits and then make his decision.
"My mom will be the one who will help me most with my decision," Alexander said.