Cliff Alexander: 19-years old, Kansas, Power Forward
Draft Express Measurements (Draft Combine): 6″8.5, 239-pounds, 7″3.5 wingspan
2014-15 Stats: 7.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.2 steals, 57% field goals, 67% free-throws, 0-0 threes, 17.6 minutes
Quick Season Review: Going into his freshman season at Kansas, Alexander was the third ranked player on the ESPN 100. The hyped freshman didn’t live up to his potential in his lone season at Kansas, as he had minimal playing time and didn’t play the final eight games as he violated NCAA rules (allegations of benefits taken by family). Alexander didn’t have many highlight moments this season, but he showed his potential against Texas. Alexander finished the game with 15 points and 9 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Strengths: NBA ready body, despite being undersized. Only posted 5.8% body fat, one of the best marks for a big. Doesn’t need the ball in hands to make an impact, as he scores off rebounds and broken plays. Excellent rebounder that would’ve averaged double-digit rebounds if given heavy minutes. Good shot-blocker due to wingspan and timing. Can play through contact and finishes at basket.
Weaknesses: Very raw as he doesn’t have a true standout skill other than rebounding. Doesn’t have a face-up game like most forwards in the draft. Must improve range if he wants to score at next level. No go to post move either. Can improve at passing out of the post.
Where He Would Help Spurs?
At this point Alexander will only get drafted because of his rebounding and NBA ready body. If he goes in the first round he will be one of the most raw prospects without question. Playing behind the best power forward (Tim Duncan), will benefit Alexander greatly. It never hurts to add an energetic rebounder either.
NBA Comparison: Thomas Robinson
Cliff Alexander is similar to Thomas Robinson, ironically they are both from Kansas. Robinson had an NBA-ready body and terrific rebounding ability, but there was question marks everywhere else. Of course Alexander still has a chance to be better than Robinson, who has not done what was expected when he went top-5 in 2012.
Below is a Cliff Alexander highlight video uploaded by Carlos Chavez.