Narrowing his list of potential schools from dozens of offers was a tough decision for Lafayette Christian Academy basketball star Galen Alexander.
Trimming it to one apparently was a bit easier.
Just 2½ weeks after culling his list to seven schools, Alexander, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound small forward, committed to LSU on Sunday morning with a simple message on Twitter and calls to Tigers head coach Johnny Jones and recruiting coordinator Robert Kirby.
“Blessed to announce that I will be attending Louisiana State University!” read the tweet from Alexander, who this week is playing in the Great American Shootout in Dallas.
Alexander, a four-star recruit, is rated the No. 1 prospect in the state and the No. 63 recruit nationally by 247 Sports for the Class of 2017. He slipped in just inside the ESPN 100 list at No. 91, making him the state’s No. 2 prospect going into his senior year by that index.
On June 29, Alexander announced that his finalists, in no particular order, were Marquette, LSU, Arizona, N.C. State, Western Kentucky, Memphis and TCU. While he noted at the time that he had to eliminate two schools to make his NCAA-allowed five official visits, Alexander only visited LSU and TCU before making his decision with little fanfare Sunday — far from his home base in Acadiana.
“I just felt like it was time. … I was ready,” Alexander said by phone Sunday. “I talked with my mom and dad for about three days, and I felt like I made the decision that it was really where I wanted to go. There was no use in wasting anybody’s time. Definitely, it was tough cutting it to seven offers from a lot of good schools. Those seven schools were all schools that my family is familiar with and had coaches that we have relationships with.”
Alexander, who played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Breaux Bridge High, said LSU was the first school to start recruiting him a couple of years ago.
“It feels like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” he said. “I was confident. … The decision felt right for me and my family, so it feels good.”
Alexander’s national stock rose during his sophomore season at Breaux Bridge and continued to climb at LCA and through the summer. After becoming eligible at LCA on Jan. 22, he averaged 13.6 points and 6.1 rebounds, helping his new team to a 31-4 record before it fell to Arcadia in the Class 1A state final. His status on the national recruiting scene continued to climb this summer with his participation in Nike’s EYBL competition, among others.
Alexander said Jones and Kirby “were happy and ecstatic” when he called them with his news Sunday morning after they watched him play in the tournament in Dallas this past week.
“I think they were expecting something soon, but I think it caught them by surprise,” Alexander said. “LSU was on me from the start. I thanked them for all the support and for believing in me to become the player I can be, and for trusting in me that I can play in their program.
“That was one of the biggest reasons I picked LSU: them having so much confidence in me and trusting in me. They showed how much they wanted me there. It gave me confidence and made me feel good that it was the right choice.”