Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 4/1/14
Kansas bound Cliff Alexander, the #3 recruit in the nation, injured his wrist in the McDonald’s All-American Game dunk contest last night and didn’t participate in Tuesday’s morning practice. He sat out and iced his wrist. An hour later at the United Center, McDonald’s game director Douglas Freeland announced that Alexander would not appear at media day because he was at the hospital getting his wrist checked. Freeland said the injury wasn’t serious and appeared to be a contusion. So Cliff Alexander, 6-9, 235 power forward from Curie High School in Chicago, missed media day this afternoon and is questionable for Wednesday night’s All-Star game. If the injury is indeed serious, you can best believe he won’t play in the showcase tomorrow night. Kansas Coach Bill Self will make sure that Cliff doesn’t risk further damage for a mere All-Star game. Alexander missing Media Day is probably best for everyone involved. As you saw from his controversial hat-picking ceremony, he’s not exactly the best soundbite. Plus Cliff Alexander would have face an intense grilling from the local media about 1.) the juvenile, but ultimately blown way out of proportion hat switcheroo gag that disrespected the Illinois Fighting Illini program. (this type of thing happens with college football recruiting all the time, it’s not uncommon. Also, people don’t lose their minds about it like they did during Alexander’s reality show special. And 2.) Curie forfeiting all its games (including the city championship) for using ineligible players, and then getting upset in the first round; with a shocking opening game playoff loss to DuSable. And just for good measure, his future school, Kansas, didn’t survive the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament despite being a #2 seed stocked with NBA Draft lottery talent. If Cliff Alexander does play tomorrow night in the exhibition game, he will have to face the local media. And answer those tough questions. Possibly. Remember this game and this week is run by a corporation, and you know how corporations are when it comes to controlling the message. Paul M. Banks owns The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An MBA and Fulbright scholar, he’s also a frequent commentator on national talk radio. The former NBC Chicago and Washington Times contributor has also been featured on the History Channel. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) Follow paulmbanks The post Kansas bound Cliff Alexander injures wrist, could miss All-American Game appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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