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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

Alex Webber


	School 				Searcy, Arkansas 
	Height and Weight		6'10  215lbs
	Position			Center
	Ratings				#79 (G)
	Academically Eligible		---
	Status				Oklahoma State

	9-21-95...Webber's list of potential universities is down to
Purdue, Arkansas, and Oklahoma State. "I'm not trying to put anyone
ahead of the rest," Webber said recently.

	9-26-95...Webber averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds last season for
Searcy when they finished 29-5 and won Arkansas' Class 3A state championship.
He will make an official visit to Oklahoma State this weekend and plans to
visit Purdue either Oct. 14-15 (Midnight Madness) or Nov. 4-5. "I like coach
Keady. He seems like a straight, honest guy," said Webber. "He wasn't afraid
to say what he had to say. He didn't try to persuade me. I'm not going to
play with anybody's head," Webber said. "I don't think it's right to do that."
	Webber is touted as a flexibile big-man by his high school coach,
Bill Barton. "He was very effective for us," Barton said. "We're playing him
at the post position, which is not his normal position. I feel sure in
college he'll play (power forward) because he does have a great shooting
touch.  But he showed a lot of patience and was happy with the shots he got
last year."
	Barton, who coached Searcy to the 1995 state championship, is
not surprised that Webber is impressed with Keady. "I don't know if Alex
remembers or not, but we remember coach Keady when he was an assistant
years ago at the University of Arkansas," Barton said. "He is very highly
respected here within the state. I think the opportunity to play in the Big
Ten would appeal to anybody. Certainly, Purdue has had a quality program for
a number of years." Barton is certain that no other school will enter Webber's
picture. "With the schools Alex is interested in right now, I don't think
Alex can make a bad choice."

	10-2-95...And then there were two.  Webber has narrowed his list
to two schools Purdue and Oklahoma State. Arakansas has dropped from
the short list, due to no contact between Webber and the Arkansas
coaching staff within the past three weeks.  Webber will attend Oklahoma
State's midnight madness game on Oct. 15 (the same night as Purdue's)
and then will visit the Purdue campus either this weekend or the 
weekend of the 21st.
  	"I really like Purdue," said Webber. "It's going to be a very hard
decision. I've been thinking about that alot lately." Webber had an 
"enjoyable" conversation over the phone with Gene Keady and is still
looking forward to visiting West Lafayette.
    
	10-13-95...Webber has changed his mind and will attend Purdue's
Midnight Magic IV in Mackey Arena. J&C reports that Webber is taking an
official visit, contrary to the Exponent article this week which has
him attending unofficially. Webber had planned to make an official visit
to Oklahoma State this weekend but changed plans after learning that the 
Cowboys' first public practice is scheduled Nov. 4.
	"I found out that Oklahoma State doesn't have a Midnight Magic,"
Webber said Thursday night. "With a Midnight Magic, you get to see how the
players play the game, and you get to see all the fans walk in. They'll 
all be screaming, and the mood will be set." Cowboys' coach Eddie Sutton
wants Webber to visit the Stillwater campus Nov. 4-5, but the player
would like to make his official Oklahoma State visit Oct. 21-22 or Oct.
28-29.
	Webber confirmed that he has narrowed his choices down to only Purdue
and Oklahoma State. "After I've visited both schools, I'll sit down with my 
parents and make my decision," Webber said. "It's my decision, but it's a 
family decision, too."

	10-16-95...The fact that 14,000 screaming fans would show up for
a mignight practice seemed unfathomable in the mind of Alex Webber as he
attended Saturday's Mignight Magic. He left very impressed and confirmed
that Purdue had helped itself with its basketball presentation. "Everybody
came out and screamed and yelled," Webber said. "It was awesome. I was
surprised by the number of fans. I know that they lost an important
football game and I thought that might be a factor in the fan turnout. But 
if it was, then I'd hate to see how many people would have been here."
	Webber described the impact of Midnight Magic upon his view of 
Purdue. "I got to see the turnout they can get, and I got to feel the
atmosphere," Webber said. "I like the friendliness of the people. Everybody
is real nice, and the arena is just beautiful. It's the first Midnight Magic
that I have been to. It will definitely remain a part of me for a while."
	Webber intends to make an official visit to Oklahoma State on Oct.
21-22 and will announce his decision before the NCAA's early signing period
begins Nov. 8. "(Oklahoma State is) not going to have a Midnight Magic,"
Webber added. "But I know their coaching staff and the team...it's going to
be a very hard decision."

	10-24-95...Webber continues to struggle with the decision of where
to attend college. "It's all very complicated now," said Webber on Monday.
"It will take me at least a couple of more days." Webber made his last 
official visit to Oklahoma State last weekend and plans now to sit down
and make his choice, possibly coming before November 7. If one university
has an advantage over the other, Webber can't seem to find one. "Both
programs are similar in many ways," commented Webber. "Coach Keady and Sutton
are both great coaches, and the team's players are very similar. I know 
Oklahoma State isn't looking at any other big men, but neither is Purdue."
It may come down to a decision of location, which Oklahoma State has the 
advantage. Webber's mother has commented that Purdue is the farthest she
would want to see her son go. Webber added, "(Mom and Dad) didn't get to go
to Purdue and that is kind of a down point, but in the long run the
decision's going to be mine and mine alone."

	10-30-95...Alex Webber has decided to go play at power forward for
Oklahoma State. "From what we had heard, Purdue already had signed four
guys," Alex's father Lonnie said. "All they were lacking was a five-man.
I think that was the final decision."


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