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New Mexico Basketball Recruiting: Kyle Alexander commits to Tennessee

The Lobos missed out on center Kyle Alexander as he announced Thursday he would attended the University of Tennessee.

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

After already losing key recruits for the 2016 season and two players for next year, Craig Neal and his staff hit the recruiting trail to fill the scholarship that was opened up when Jordan Goodman left and 2016 commit Mitch Lightfoot. Neal and his team were pursing the  6-foot-10-inches and 200 pounds Kyle Alexander.

Alexander who comes is from Orangeville Prep in Ontario, Canada. He is an athletic center that has a 7-foot-4-inch wing span and a knack for blocking shots. Alexander is a quick center and has the speed to run with most guards. His style of play is suited to play up tempo and would have been able to help the Lobos guard the more athletic centers that UNLV and San Diego State have.

The Canadian basketball player has been playing basketball since he was three and comes from a linage of basketball players as his dad scored over 1,000 points at a Division I school, and his sister was an All-American at Syracuse plus a first round draft pick in the WNBA.

Alexander drew initial interest from Duke and Michigan State but did not receive a scholarship offer from the schools. He was heavily recruited by Western Kentucky, and received offers from Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and various non-power conference teams. Kyle’s decision came down to New Mexico and Tennessee whom which he made visits to in consecutive weekends.  He is not ranked by Rivals or ESPN but is considered a three-star recruit by 247 Sports.

He is a raw physical talent but has a lot of upside. He ended up choosing the University of Tennessee over New Mexico because the school is closer to home, and also because new head coach Rick Barnes was pursuing him while he was at Texas. This just another set back for the Lobos so they will try to nab another High School senior or a transfer to fill their last open scholarship for 2015.

Here is a look at the talent that slipped away from New Mexico.