Auburn target nearing decision date

Trey Alexander—a four star guard from Heritage Hall in Oklahoma—is expected to make his college decision as early as Nov. 12, and Auburn is one of his final schools.

As AU Hoops News has reported since Jabari Smith’s commitment, Alexander was believed to be Auburn’s top remaining target. However, he was an Oklahoma lean early on.

Oklahoma and Alexander cooled on each other, leaving the door open for Auburn, Arkansas, Kansas and others to make a push. According to Dan McDonald with Rivals, Alexander is focusing on Arkansas, Auburn and Kansas and will likely commit Nov. 12.

I expected Auburn to be one of Alexander’s finalists, but it’s starting to sound like Auburn has a real chance to land him. Here’s why I think that:

Arkansas – A reliable Arkansas source doesn’t think Alexander lands at Arkansas. Arkansas coach Eric Musselman and company seemed to make a strong push, but I’m trusting my source here.

Kansas – Kansas has received some momentum for Alexander recently, including a FutureCast from Auburn Rivals writer Jeffrey Lee, but I don’t think it’s very solid. It’s been rumored on Kansas boards and in other circles that Alexander wasn’t a priority for Kansas and likely wasn’t a take for them this early. Alexander might have been waiting on a “more committable” offer, and Kansas changing its tone could be what prompted the decision date for Alexander. However, the smoke regarding Kansas could be from Alexander’s party and used to drive up excitement. Alexander is also from Oklahoma and Kansas is a blue blood with great recruiters. 

Auburn – I’m just connecting the dots with an Auburn bias, but if the Kansas offer isn’t committable yet, and reliable Arkansas sources are doubting Alexander coming to Arkansas, Auburn would be the leader. Wes Flanigan has also recruited Arkansas well, and might be expanding his Midwest recruiting prowess. Auburn has also been successful with recent pushes. While Smith was a long time target, Auburn made a quick and successful push for 2022’s Sage Tolentino and an almost successful push for James Graham in recent months. 

Travis Graf even logged a FutureCast for Auburn, but Alexander also has FutureCasts for Texas Tech, Arkansas and Kansas at this time, and three crystal balls for Oklahoma.

Alexander is a scoring combo guard, who would fit well in Auburn’s 2/shooting guard role. He has a smooth shot and a good handle that lets him create space and score in isolation. 

Alexander—or anyone else—committing would put Auburn one spot over the scholarship count, but any early departure will put the Tigers back at 13.

If Auburn gets Alexander, it’s 2021 class will likely be complete with Smith and Alexander. Auburn is looking at signing a bigger class in 2022, and getting Alexander early would let the coaches focus more on 2022.