The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

June 16, 2008

Alexander’s decision an easy one

MORGANTOWN — It would have been easy to start here by writing, “Say it ain’t so, Joe,” but c’mon, we all knew what Joe Alexander was going to do.

He’s leaving West Virginia and going to the NBA.

Wouldn’t you?

Like who wins the lottery and turns it down? Who says “I’m sorry, but I have an exam to study for” when Jennifer Garner asks him to join her for dinner?

Joe Alexander had no choice once he worked out for the NBA’s top honchos.

They saw a 6-foot-8 kid who can bang his head on the rim, an intelligent, hard-working, honest, engaging, Adonis of an athlete who can win basketball games and bring fans into their arenas.

Now the only question is if he’ll be Broadway Joe or Joe Buck.

See, just as he was down the stretch as the Mountaineers made their run into the NCAA Tournament and to the Sweet 16, he was a can’t miss.

Ladies and gentleman, we’re going to have an NBA player from West Virginia University.

The “Curse of Catlett” is over.

As hard as it is to imagine, Catlett coached a quarter of a century at WVU and never recruited a player who played in an NBA game. Oh, he had players drafted, but none of them made the grade.

You have to go back to Lowes Moore to find the last NBA player to come out of West Virginia. The NBA could find players in Croatia and China but they couldn’t find one at a major program in the Atlantic 10, and then, the Big East.

Rest assured, there’s nothing that’s going to keep Alexander out of the NBA.

Not as driven as he is.

It is difficult to imagine what kind of year Joe Alexander has had.

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