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Curie's Cliff Alexander reaches to shoot over Simeon's Jabari Parker. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Young center and Sun-Times Player of the Year Jahlil Okafor sat out this weekend’s Nike EYBL event in California with an ankle injury, leaving Curie’s Cliff Alexander to grab the spotlight.
Edward Lewis of Rivals.com wrote that Alexander “was clearly the best post in the gym.” Alexander apparently ran out of gas near the end of the weekend however. Okafor and Alexander both play for the Mac Irvin Fire.
Marian Catholic guard Tyler Ulis had a big weekend as well. He’s finally starting to get some national notice. Scout.com’s Jason Scheer wrote that “[Ulis] proved he can play against some of the best players in the country despite his height and deserves to be considered by high major schools.”
Ulis, who plays with Meanstreets on the club circuit, picked up an offer from Florida State on Monday.
LJ Peak is gone. The talented 6-4 wing has left Young and returned to Gaffney High School in South Carolina, where he started his prep career. It’s a major loss for the Dolphins and puts the preseason top ranking up for grabs.
JAMES HEADS WEST
Jalen James, once the future Illinois point guard, has committed to San Jose State. The 6-3 guard started his high school career at Hope Academy and played this past season at La Lumiere in La Porte, Ind.
James reportedly had offers from Arkansas, Auburn and Alabama but he seemed to be focusing on schools where he could play right away. He visited Cleveland State and George Mason, along with San Jose State.
LJUBOJA TO PREP SCHOOL
There may not have been a more underrated player than Riverside-Brookfield big man Miki Ljuboja last season. He averaged 19 points and nine boards a game, with some very impressive skills in the post. The 6-7 qualifier has reclassified into the 2014 class and will attend prep school next year in New Hampshire at Phillips Exeter.
Rick Malnati is a very interesting hire at Fenwick. He should be able to take a good program to the next level. There are still two top-notch jobs left up for grabs: Brother Rice and Bloom. Word is that former Crusaders star Bobby Frasor is interested in the Rice job. He’s currently at UAB. There was talk last month that Meanstreets coach Tai Streets was interested in the Bloom job, which would definitely shake things up in the south burbs.