Cliff Alexander update: Attorney says Kansas forward is waiting on NCAA

Kansas forward Cliff Alexander's attorney says the freshman has been ready to interviewed since March 2, but the NCAA is delaying the process.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Cliff Alexander was on the floor for Kansas' pre-Big 12 tournament workout Wednesday, sweating through shooting drills in full view of anyone looking for him.

That includes the NCAA. But an attorney representing Alexander says the organization won't talk to the Jayhawks freshman until Alexander provides documents he doesn't have.

Alexander has turned over phone records, text records and bank statements to the NCAA, per a statement from attorney Paul Stafford. But the probe into eligibility concerns won't move forward with an interview, according to the lawyer, because the NCAA is seeking other information that is out of Alexander's hands.

"Mr. Alexander has been ready, willing and able to be interviewed since March 2," the statement says. "Yet he has been informed that the NCAA will not interview him until they receive additional documents that are not his documents, the content of which he has no knowledge, and documents which have never been in his control or possession."

[ basketball]Alexander, a former top-10 recruit from Chicago who averages 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds, has been held out of three straight games due to the eligibility inquiry. The Jayhawks were set to open the Big 12 tournament Thursday with a quarterfinal matchup against TCU.

After the open workout at the Sprint Center Wednesday, Kansas coach Bill Self said there was no change in the 6'8" forward's status—though before the trip here Self called for cooperation between all parties to move the process along.

The new statement suggests that is an issue those close to Alexander will have to address with the NCAA.

"Mr. Alexander is in Kansas City with his team ready to be interviewed by the NCAA and ready to clear his good name," the statement said, "so that he can get on the court to lead his team through the championship season."