Add Kyle Alexander’s name to the list of prospects the Tennessee basketball team will host this weekend.
The 6-10 1/2, 200-pound Canadian power forward out of Orangeville Prep in Ontario confirmed he and his parents will board a flight Thursday for this weekend’s official visit with the Vols. He’ll come with a scholarship offer in hand. Alexander said UT offered him “about two weeks” before Vols coach Rick Barnes and associate head coach Rob Lanier visited him at his school on Monday. Lanier had scouted Alexander when he and Barnes were coaching at Texas.
“They told me they have had success bringing in other Canadians they found potential in,” Alexander said during a phone interview Wednesday. “They brought that potential out. My dad really respects that.”
I’ll have more on Alexander this week. Similar to Ebuka Izundu, another prospect Tennessee has arranged an official visit with, Alexander is a relative newcomer to the sport. Despite a father (Joseph Alexander) who played for Niagara and a sister (Kayla Alexander) who plays in the WNBA, he didn’t become serious about the sport until he was 16. Now he holds offers from Tennessee, Rice, Dayton, New Mexico, Auburn, Western Kentucky and Arkansas. Not bad for someone who isn’t ranked on American recruiting services.
Alexander said he has no timetable for when he would like to make a decision. His official visit to UT will be his third of five available. His first two went to St. Bonaventure and Rice.
Other expected UT visitors for the weekend include UNC Asheville transfer guard Andrew Rowsey and Southern Idaho junior college prospect Ray Kasongo. 2015 signee Shembari Phillips is also scheduled to be on campus. It’s a good time for visits, as the football team’s Orange and White game will take place at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Izundu is expected to arrive Sunday to start his official visit.