Meet Cliff Alexander, Teenage Troll King

By Jason Priestas on November 16, 2013 at 1:53a

Cliff Alexander, a 6-8 power forward from Chicago, punked the hell out of the Fighting Illini basketball program Friday when he reached for an Illinois hat before donning a Kansas hat during his nationally-televised announcement on ESPNU.

ESPN's No. 3 prospect dumping on the Illini a mere hours after star point guard Quentin Snider flipped from Illinois to Louisville was all just a bit too much for fans of the program, as you can see in this video:

[GIF via Deadspin]

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sbentz4's picture

Jay Williams basically tore this kid apart after this effort. Plus the entire thing was weird because of "audio issues."

SilverBullet33's picture

I remember college being more exciting than sitting around  watching recruiting announcements.  I almost feel bad for these guys. 

Defiance J's picture

Those dudes need to live a little. Wow.

gwalther's picture

Major LOL. I hope this never happens to us. :/

Class of 2008

Poison nuts's picture

Never have liked the hat drama. It's played out now too. Really played out. I liked the kid after this guy who actually had a personality (this Cliff guy was painfully shy on TV to the point it was hard to watch) & announced with the custom Arizona shoes. That was original. But anyway, yeah - this kid trolled the Illinois fans hard - ouch...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

d1145fresh's picture

I personally hate this. A school rolls out the red carpet for you and spends years building a relationship with you and your family and you are going to troll the school and their fan base just seems disrespectful. These guys should watch Vonn Bells announcement last year. Very respectful towards the teams, coaches and schools while still having his moment. 
Nonetheless I am happy to see Groce getting in on some of these big players. I've been a fan of his while at OU and I think he is going to do some good things at Illinois. 

andyb's picture

I agree with a lot of what you are saying....This is getting really low class and of course its juvenile. Hopefully John Groce was able to know the outcome so he didn't need to watch this shit.
The more I watch it the more fired up I get...hey fuckin Dad! Why don't you teach your son a little respect and take your stupid fucking sun glasses off inside you smug d-bag!! Furthermore...this isn't your time to shine its your sons!

bukyze's picture

The one thing I noticed - not a single beer can/bottle sitting on that coffee table.  

Smanpoint10's picture

I don't think he trolled. His dad kinda takes a double take when he picks up the Illinois hat, but then goes back into relaxing once he picks up the Kansas hat

Oakland Buckeye's picture

That's actually proof heWas trolling , as his smirky pop obviously knew he had already chosen KU...and reacted to him reaching for wrong hat.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Made much more bitter to Illini by losing Alexander to Bill Self.