A year ago at this time, Cliff Alexander was one of the most highly touted players in the country. Set to play for Bill Self and Kansas, Alexander was in the top five of most 2015 mock drafts. But after an inconsistent freshman season in Lawrence that ended with him missing the last eight games because of eligibility issues, the big man went undrafted.
Alexander latched on with the Brooklyn Nets for Summer League, but the big man has now signed a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers:
God has still found ways to bless me through the struggle. I am officially apart of the NBA & Trailblazer family🏀 pic.twitter.com/O69Jj5frhM
— Cliff Alexander (@CAlexander) July 24, 2015
Alexander wasn’t particularly impressive in 11 Summer League games, averaging 7.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 22.7 minutes per game. He shot just 38.3 percent from the field and 59.4 percent from the line.
Alexander joins a Trail Blazers team with a crowded frontcourt. Meyers Leonard and Chris Kaman were already in place, while Noah Vonleh, Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis were all brought in this offseason. There will certainly be good competition for the playing time up front in Portland.