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Five-star recruit Cliff Alexander claims he may stay at Kansas for more than one year

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Mar 29, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All American center Cliff Alexander (11) poses for photos on portrait day at the Marriott Hotel . (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

With the news of Andrew Wiggins' declaration for the NBA barely a few hours old, the next University of Kansas men's basketball star suggested he may not follow the same one-and-done path as Wiggins.

During this week's McDonald's All-American Game festivities, Chicago Curie High's 6-foot-8, 240-pound Cliff Alexander told the Chicago Tribune he may stay more than one season in Lawrence. Ranked as the nation's No. 4 senior recruit by Rivals.com, Alexander is the jewel of Bill Self's 2014 recruiting class.

"I wouldn't mind staying two years," Alexander told the Tribune. "Stay and get better. I've been talking to my parents about it. Some guys leave and they aren't ready. They rush in and they're rushed out. I just want to take my time."

Alexander also confirmed that injured Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid has yet to make a decision about  his NBA future despite his potential as a lottery pick this June. The Curie star would obviously like to see Embiid stay, setting up the potential for a dominating frontcourt tandem for the Jayhawks next season.

"I talk to 'JoJo' sometimes," Alexander told the paper. "He said he hasn't made up his mind. I told him to do what's best for him. Hopefully, he stays. I think nobody could stop us next year if he does."

Alexander is coming off a dramatic high school season, as Chicago Public Schools officials forced Curie to forfeit all 24 wins and the Chicago Public League title when seven players failed to meet academic standards. Operating under different guidelines, however, the Illinois High School Association allowed Curie to compete in the state's postseason, but Alexander's undermanned Condors suffered a first-round upset.

Keep in mind, many an elite boys' basketball recruit before Alexander has suggested he would stay longer than one season at the college of his choice, but the promise of an NBA payday often changes their minds.

 

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