He was slow to learn, though, and his former coach, Scott Skiles, is regarded as a taskmaster who must be really impressed by rookies in order to be impressed at all.
Alexander never pulled it off, managing just 4.7 points in 12 minutes per game.
"I thought I'd made some pretty good improvements from my rookie year to my sophomore year and I was really excited to showcase what I'd done all summer," Alexander said. "Unfortunately, that didn't work out that way."
He was part of the team's NBA Summer League roster and seemed to be a different player. He averaged 32 minutes in five games and walked away with 16.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.4 assists, though he also shot just 39.7 percent from the floor. Still, it was good news for the Bucks, who traded small forward Richard Jefferson in the offseason.
Yet Alexander never played for the Bucks again.
He injured his right hamstring in a preseason workout last September and then tore it late the next month during rehabilitation exercises. Before the deadline at the end of October, the Bucks decided not to pick up the third year option on Alexander's rookie contract, which would have paid $2.76 million.
In January, he was healthy enough to play, but the Bucks sent him down the NBA Developmental League.
"There is no feeling sorry for yourself," he said. "Injuries are part of the game. Some people get injured early (in their careers), some people get injured late, some people don't get injured at all. It's up to the athlete to understand the process of recovery. Whether or not fans understand that, that's not up to me. All that matters is I know it's all up to me now."
Alexander was part of a trade between the Bucks and Bulls and merely included to make the money match. He played all of 28 minutes over eight games and had as many fouls (nine) as he did points and rebounds - combined.
Free agency begins July 1.
"I feel like I'm re-entering the NBA a little bit, but it's a good feeling because this time I have more control over where I go," he said.
The list of teams eager to see Alexander in their uniform won't be as long as it was this time two years ago, but there will be suitors and maybe a chance to resurrect what once looked so right, but has since gone wrong.
"The unfortunate thing is I haven't been able to prove myself to anyone else," he said. "I know in my head what I can do so it's been frustrating not being able to translate it as of yet. But I do feel good about my chances in the future.
"I don't want to start speculating on it now because I'll think about it too much and it'll drive me crazy. There's nothing I can do until July. All I need to know for the time being is there are teams that are interested. That helps me sleep at night. "
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.