Alexander signed a letter of intent at a ceremony last Wednesday at TCHS.
“Jalik has been an outstanding student as long as he’s been in the school system,” TCHS head boys basketball coach Mike Wright said. “He’s also been blessed with outstanding athletic ability. As a coach, to have someone like Jalik who makes good grades and does what he’s supposed to do in school is a blessing.”
Alexander saw varsity action in all four years at TCHS and was voted to the All-5th District Team twice. He was the starting point guard and leading scorer in the 2009-10 season despite facing defenses geared toward keeping him away from the basket. Wright said a great example of Alexander playing well against a good team determined to keep him from scoring was Trigg’s 78-64 loss to Hopkinsville on Feb. 19 when Alexander scored a game-high 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting and had a team-high five assists.
“A lot of people don’t appreciate the players they have until they lose them,” Wright said. “I think we’ll see how good Jalik was when he leaves.”
Alexander, who said he hopes to run track as well as play basketball, considered Payne College in Augusta, Ga., Shawnee Community College in Illinois and a few other school before deciding on Lindsey Wilson.
“It just felt like home, the right place to be,” Alexander said. “They’ve got a good coaching staff.”
Alexander said he’s talked to Lindsey Wilson coaches, who he said anticipate him fitting in well with his teammates and leading the team as its point guard.
“I’ve got some great memories; I’ll always remember going to Belfry with the team,” Alexander said of Trigg’s trip to eastern Kentucky for a Christmas-week tournament in 2009.
Alexander, who is undecided on a major, said he believes Trigg’s coaching staff, including his father Charles, did everything they could to prepare him for the next level.
“They showed me that nothing’s going to be given to me and it’s not going to be easy,” Alexander said. “I’ve got to work hard and do the best I can.”
Alexander said being a senior leader last season also played a part in getting him ready to play in college.
“I’ve grown a lot,” Alexander said. “I had to take the responsibility to become a leader and be a good role model.”