Four-star 2010 prospect Daniel Alexander steadily improved over the summer, exiting with an impressive 23 point performance against Derrick Favors and the Atlanta Celtics. Alexander, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward from Dripping Springs (Texas) High School is currently working with a list of five schools with a favorite from the Pac-10.
"I really like Arizona," Alexander told Rivals.com. "I have a top three with them and Texas and Texas A&M, but Arizona kind of stands out. I went to their elite camp and enjoyed Coach Olson and the other coaches. They have a great campus and a great coaching staff.
"Also, my AAU teammate Garland Judkins is there. He says it is a great place, and that's a plus that he is there."
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Alexander also had good things to say about a recent visit to the one school on his list who has offered him Texas A&M.
"We took an informal visit and looked at the campus," he said. "It was nice. They have new facilities which are great, and I enjoy the coaching staff there."
Alexander also had offers from the likes of Baylor, Marquette and Utah and interest from other schools, but he has eliminated these specific schools from the process. He did mention Kansas and USC as the two other schools he is presently considering.
A skilled, finesse type player, Alexander is looking for an open style of play at the college level.
"I'm looking for a west coast style if anything," he said. "It doesn't necessarily have to be run and gun, but I want to play in a fast system that requires a high skill level. I don't want to play somewhere where it is more about banging around in the post. I prefer a more fluid game."
Alexander demonstrated his high skill level when he sank seven three-pointers against the Celtics in the adidas Super64 event. Although he is a finesse player, don't mistakenly think he is soft. On the defensive end, he battled Favors throughout the game and fearlessly protected the rim against the Celtics.
His effort against the Celtics was a culmination of the progress he made over the summer by playing against top competition.
"I felt I increased in skill level a lot over the summer," he said. "I got to play against the best competition, and I got used to the high level of play."
Alexander is the No. 29 ranked prospect in the Rivals150.