At Fresno State: The premier player on the West Coast ? unanimous selection for WAC Preseason Player of the Year ? selected the nation's top shooting guard by Dick Vitale ? also selected first-team All-America by Vitale ? named to the Sport Basketball Preview All-America second-team ? opted to return to Fresno State for his senior season instead of the NBA draft where he was a projected first round selection ? will graduate in December 1999 with a degree in anthropology ? is the top returning scorer in the Western Athletic Conference ? a candidate for the Naismith Award and John Wooden Award.
1998-99: Named first-team All-WAC and to the All-Newcomer Team ? named WAC Player of the Week on March 1 for his 35 points vs. San Diego State and 26 vs. Hawai'i ? All-Impact selection by Dick Vitale ? his 684 points rank him second on the Bulldog single-season chart ? his 21.4 scoring average was tied for ninth on the single-season list with Gary Alcorn ? had back-to-back 30-point games vs. Utah (37) and San Diego State (35) ? scored 15 points in the second half vs. Hawai'i to key the Bulldog win in Honolulu ? scored 37 points vs. No. 13 Utah in Selland Arena, the most points by a Bulldog since 1974, most points in a regulation game since 1971 and the ninth-highest in Fresno State history ? hit career-best 15 field goals vs. San Diego State ? had game-high 26 points to lead Fresno State over No. 15 New Mexico ? has scored in double figures in all of his games, with 19 20-plus point games ? led Fresno State with 24 points vs. No. 25 Temple with career-best six three-point baskets in that game ? third on the team with 50 steals ? second on the team in free throw percentage at 75.7% ? led Fresno State 18 times in scoring, including six of the last seven games ? was the top assist man twice, including a career-best nine vs. Sacramento State.
1997-98: Transferred to Fresno State in the Fall of 1997 ? sat out the 1997-98 season in accordance with NCAA transfer regulations.
At Virginia: Played in 53 games over the course of the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons, averaging 14.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg ? shot 45.2% from the field overall and 46.4% from three-point range during his career ? two-time honorable mention All-ACC selection.
1996-97: Earned honorable mention All-ACC honors after leading the Cavaliers in scoring (14.8 ppg) and shooting 44.4% from three-point range as a sophomore ? had seven 20-point games, including a season-high 27 in the ACC Tournament vs. North Carolina ? helped Virginia to a 18-13 record and a spot in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the first round to Iowa.
1995-96: Started in 22 of 27 games as a freshman, finishing third on the squad and 15th in the ACC in scoring (13.9 ppg) ? was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in addition to pulling down honorable mention All-ACC recognition ? shot a team-high 48.7% from the field and 51.4% from three-point territory ? scored what was then a career-high 30 points vs. Duke ? was the team's leading scorer on nine occasions ? registered his first career double-double by totaling 21 points and 10 rebounds against Liberty ? averaged 19.9 ppg and 6.0 rpg during a nine-game stretch at the end of the season ? was a two-time ACC Rookie of the Week Award winner and recipient of Virginia's Rookie of the Year honor.
High School: Graduated from Jordan High School in Durham, N.C. in 1995 ? was the state of North Carolina's Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior in addition to earning third-team All-America recognition from BlueChip and Parade magazines ? as a senior, averaged 30.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 3.1 apg ? ended his career as Jordan High's all-time leading scorer (2,087 points), which included a school single-season mark of 797 points his senior year ? averaged 26.1 ppg and 6.2 rpg for his prep career ? was a two-time first-team All-State selection (junior and senior years) and a second-team All-State choice as a sophomore ? played in both the Capital Classic and Converse All-Star games ? selected to play in the Albert Schweitzer International Youth Tournament in Germany in 19944, helping the U.S. team to the World Championship.
Personal: Born April 27, 1977, in Bridgeport, Conn. ? son of Allana and Joseph Alexander ? has two brothers and one sister ? his brother, Andre, played basketball at Norfolk State University.
Tarkanian on Alexander
"I'm so proud of Courtney for deciding to return to school and get his degree. He has worked so hard this summer to prepare for his senior season. He's probably the best player I've ever coached. He's without question the best wing player who ever played for me. He has become a leader and more mature, and I think he will be the best player in the country this year."
ALEXANDER'S CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS MIN FG-FGA PCT. 3P-3PA PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB AVG. PF-D AST-TO BL-ST TP AVG. 1996* 27-22 727 147-302 .487 18-35 .514 63-82 .768 122 4.5 57-1 36-46 9-20 375 13.9 1997* 26-20 732 142-338 .420 40-90 .444 60-79 .759 70 2.7 50-0 37-31 1-20 384 14.8 1998 Did not play 1999 33-32 1,023 264-563 .469 50-158 .316 106-140 .757 121 3.8 78-2 82-76 7-50 684 21.4 TOTALS 86-74 2,482 553-1,203 .460 108-283 .381 229-301 .760 313 155 185-3 155-153 17-90 1,443 16.9
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