When it came down to narrowing the scope of his recruiting process, four-star small forward Galen Alexander of Lafayette Christian Academy was literally all over the map.
Alexander — rated the state’s No. 1 player in the Class of 2017 by 247 Sports — dwindled a group of 30 schools that offered scholarships to the seven he released Wednesday via his Twitter account.
“It’s been tough,” Alexander said. “I’ve been talking about it with my family for months, breaking down the list.”
The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Alexander said he will concentrate his recruiting process around these schools: Marquette, LSU, Arizona, North Carolina State, Western Kentucky, Memphis and TCU.
Alexander said there was no pecking order among the group, and he must eliminate two more to take five official visits. He remains uncertain if he will sign during the NCAA’s early signing period in November.
“It’s been so hard, and they (family) stayed on me until we came to the conclusion the final seven schools are ones that are prioritizing me,” Alexander said. “I’m not going to go to a school that doesn’t need me. Those schools are the ones that want me to come in and make an impact.”
One common theme among Alexander’s final seven is that the ESPN100 member (No. 91) and 247’s No. 63 overall player is not locked geographically into one region of the country.
“Location is not going to play a big part in this,” he said. “It’s going to be what’s the best decision for me, which school’s the best fit and where I’m going to be the most comfortable going to.”
Alexander’s national stock rose during his sophomore season at Breaux Bridge and has continued to climb at Lafayette Christian and through the summer.
After transferring to LCA and finally gaining his eligibility Jan. 22, Alexander averaged 13.6 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Knights, who finished 31-4 and the Class 1A state runner-up to Arcadia.
Alexander’s trajectory on the national recruiting scene has continued to climb with his participation in Nike’s EYBL competition. He’s also taken part in several national events ranging from the Pangos All-American Camp and NBA Top 100 Camp and will participate in events such as the Nike Skills Academy and Adidas Nation.
“I want to go further than just college,” Alexander said. “I need people that trust in me and believe in me that can get me to the next level.”
Alexander said he’s found a group of schools with coaches that not only believe in his ability but have the capacity to develop him into a next-level talent.
One of the more compelling issues in Alexander’s recruiting process has been the dynamic that’s taken place with the number of coaching hires this spring that have ultimately impacted some of the schools that remain in contention for his services.
TCU head coach Jamie Dixon hired David Patrick away from LSU. Meanwhile, Tigers coach Johnny Jones brought back Robert Kirby and now serves as the staff’s lead recruiter for Alexander.
Former Texas A&M assistant Rick Stansbury, who was recruiting Alexander for the Aggies, has since become the head coach at Western Kentucky and has hired assistants Shammond Williams and Louisiana native Quannas White from Tulane, which was the first school to offer Alexander.
Memphis hired head coach Tubby Smith away from Texas Tech, where he was recruiting Alexander, while Louisiana native Butch Pierre is now on Mark Gottfried’s staff at North Carolina State, which was already recruiting Alexander.
“I’ve only visited two schools,” Alexander said of LSU and TCU. “All I have is a relationship with each coach and not much more than that. I’m looking forward to learning more. Right now I’m not leaning toward any one.”