James Alexander

James Alexander

Play Guard and Defensive Tackle for the Football Team at Simmons

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Hollandale-Simmons

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Ha, they should see James Alexander.Advertisement> Alexander, who plays basketball for Hollandale-Simmons, packs 285 pounds over his 6-foot, 2-inch frame.He is, without question, widest at his equator, shaped not unlike the leather ball he has learned to snatch, dribble and pass so well.Indeed, Alexander looks like an offensive guard, who got lost on the way to spring football practice.He does play guard and defensive tackle for the Simmons football team, but he was far from lost Monday afternoon when he helped the Blue Devils defeat Taylorsville 69-56 on the first afternoon of the two-week tournament.Pound-for-pound, Alexander was the most basketball savvy player on the floor, which is saying something because he was by far the heaviest player out there."(Alexander) was huge," Taylorsville coach Rahim Lockhart said, and he was not referring to the kid's size, either."He just completely controlled the boards."Alexander did that and a lot more.Several times after his 15 rebounds, he made excellent outlet passes or length-of-the-floor passes that led to easy fast-break buckets; he scored 14 points; and he helped the Devils with his dribbling against the Tartars' pressure.When the Devils needed to speed it up, he started fast breaks; when they needed to slow it down near the end, he dribbled out of congestion and did that too."He makes us go," 35-year veteran coach George Willis said of Alexander.Many more heroes such as James Alexander will emerge.

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Alex Savannah added 16 points, Alvin Jackson 11 and James Alexander 10."It was a disappointing loss," said Alexander, a wide-bodied, 6-foot, 285-pound senior who was named a 2A All-State lineman by the Mississippi Association of Coaches and is considering walking on at Mississippi State."Big boy (Alexander) for them did a heck of a job," added Lockhart, who made his name as an old-school post player.Alexander had 10 points and 15 rebounds in the Blue Devils' 69-56 victory.

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Senior linebacker Cliff Bolden and senior punter Rory Miller were voted first team at their positions, while defensive lineman James Alexander was one of the quintet of juniors forging onto the top unit.

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