Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/14/13
So here’s the latest, up to the minute developments on the Cliff Alexander recruitment. He won’t cut his list before announcing at 3:15 p.m. CST Friday on ESPNU. Alexander is considering DePaul, Illinois, Kansas and Memphis. His decision is moved back 15 minutes due to Jahlil Okafor making his announcement at 3 pm at Whitney Young. I believe that he’s in the bag for Duke, which means I think Tyus Jones is in the bag for Duke (here’s more on that) And my Cliff Alexander prediction is…….. …the Fighting Illini. Which is different from my last Cliff Alexander update; where I didn’t make a prediction The Cube panel has Duke heavily favored for Okafor, 16-4. Things are a bit closer on the Alexander side with Illinois holding a 12-7 lead over Kansas. Some of those people are experts; others have no clue what they’re talking about. By the way, the Illini crowd at Assembly Hall chanted “We want Cliff! We want Cliff!” again last night in the Illini blowout of Valpo. And DePaul another school Cliff Alexander is considering, lost at home to Mid-Major Southern Miss. Illinois has not sent out a press release about their recruiting class; like most other schools have. Most college basketball teams send one out on the first day of the signing period, which began yesterday. Or they wait until the class is fully rounded out. Because a team can only have one press conference regarding each signing class, per NCAA rules. So it appears the Illini and John Groce are waiting on Cliff Alexander for that. It should be noted that CA did not attend the KU-Duke game at the United Center. Cliff not being at a Kansas game in his own hometown certainly says something. And here’s some stuff from Michael O’Brien, Preps Editor in the Sun-Times Cliff Alexander: Heard Kansas out. Heard DePaul out. No one has said Illinois is out. All of this is unreliable, but Fri may be Cliffmas. — Michael O’Brien (@michaelsobrien) November 14, 2013   At this point, if Cliff Alexander doesn’t commit to the play for the Illini my first reaction is going to be this: or this: OR BOTH! Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the country; with regular weekly segments on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and RSS  Catch him Tuesdays talking Illini and Northwestern for KOZN 1620 The Zone, Fridays talking Chicago Bears for WAOR 95.7 The Fan The post Cliff Alexander: Cliffmas Eve update and predictions appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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