Cliff Alexander fakes out Illinois, commits to Kansas instead (Video)


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High school basketball prospect Cliff Alexander was a highly sought after recruit out of Chicago, Illinois. Alexander is ranked fourth in the nation by Rivals 150 and a spot higher by ESPN 100. He had numerous colleges after him including KU, Illinois, Memphis, and hometown team DePaul.

When he was selecting his team at the press conference he had numerous hats on the table in front of him. He announced that he had “decided to go to the University of….” and reached for the Illinois hat. He even picks it up, but then in a Lee Corso like move, he throws it back down and picks up the Kansas hat. That had everyone faked out and surely annoyed some Illinois fans.

“It’s something my teammates thought I should do,” Alexander said of the hat move,via the Chicago Tribune.

Alexander is excited to work with Kansas head coach Bill Self.

“Bill Self is just a great guy,” Alexander said. “I like how he coaches. I like how he gets the ball to the big guys.”

“He’s going to go down there and give it his all,” his high school coach Mike Oliver said. “We don’t want to put no number on years. Whatever God’s willing — one year, two years, three years, I think eventually he’s going to reach his dream of being an NBA professional basketball player.”

Here it is in GIF form:

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