Four-Star Forward Alex Tchikou Racking Up Offers

Jason Jordan

After a handful of unofficial visits, Dream City Christian (Glendale, Ariz.) forward Alex Tchikou said that he’s “excited” to see all the differences of an official visit.

“I’ve heard a lot of different things,” Tchikou said. “I know it’ll be different; I think the coaches will just be more focused on me. I’m ready to see though.”

The suspense will end on Feb. 27 when he starts his official at Oregon.

Tchikou, a junior, has already taken unofficials to UCLA, USC, Arizona State and TCU.

“I had a good time, but it was in and out,” Tchikou said. “I’m looking forward to spending time at the school and talking with the coaches and stuff.”

This season, Tchikou is averaging 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks a game and, at 6-foot-11, his versatility creates a major matchup problem for the opposition.

Tchikou is efficient in the paint, but also hurts you from the wing with his shooting ability; averaging two made 3-point field goals a game.

“I’m really looking for a school that will allow me to play my game and use all my skills,” Tchikou said. “I have to find a team that I fit in with.”

Tchikou came to the United States from Paris just two years ago and had only begun playing basketball a year before that.

He started out playing soccer but realized early on that he was “too tall” to excel on the field.

“My background in soccer is what makes me so versatile,” Tchikou said. “The footwork helps me on the court a lot. It makes a big difference.”

College coaches are taking notice.

In the last month, Tchikou has picked up offers from Arizona, Florida State, Virginia Tech and UMass; Virginia and Memphis have expressed interest.

“It’s exciting because I haven’t been playing basketball very long,” Tchikou said. “I’m still hungry, I still want to get better and have all of the offers I can get. I feel like I can be so much better than I am right now, so it makes me want to work harder.”