April 18, 2012

Alexander looks to impress

Dondre Alexander wants to play basketball at the college level. But, the Iowa City West standout will also likely have several college football programs knocking on his door before he has to make his college choice.

As of now the 6-foot-3 athlete, who helped lead the Trojans to the 4A state title in hoops last month, is waiting on his first offer in either sport. He hopes to change that in the next two weeks as college basketball coaches will be out in force at various AAU hoops events, including in Minneapolis where Alexander will be playing with the Iowa Barnstormers.

Alexander and his 17U Barnstormers team are coming off a strong finish two weeks ago at the NY2LA Swish and Dish event in Wisconsin followed by a championship performance this past weekend and their own Spring Fling event in North Liberty.

"We sort of went right from the high school season to the AAU season," Alexander said. "It was really nice to go undefeated and win the championship this past weekend. Now it will get a lot tougher starting this weekend."

This weekend with hundreds of college coaches in the stands watching his every move, Alexander is out to show them he deserves a shot at earning a scholarship.

"It's really important for me. I am planning to try and play my best basketball in the next two weeks because the coaches will be there and they won't get a chance to see me again until the summer. I need to make a good impression."

As of now, Alexander says that his preference is to play basketball, his first love, as he calls it. However, he will likely have the option to play football as a wide receiver at the college level.

"It's my first love, but I still plan on going to football camps this spring and summer and see what happens there. Right now, I'd like to play basketball in college," he said.

Iowa, Iowa State, UNI, and Creighton are showing interest on the basketball front. Alexander plans on attending football camps at Iowa and Iowa State, along with a couple of other undetermined camps at other schools.

With basketball as his first love, would Alexander follow his hoop dreams, even if a more prestigious football opportunity was presented?

"I am not really sure," Alexander said. "It depends on who those schools are. It's really hard to answer that question without knowing who they are, but I'd probably go play basketball."


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