Alabama is on pace to have a top-5 recruiting class in 2017 in football and, yes, basketball, too.
Avery Johnson and staff have three basketball commitments in this year’s class — 4-star power forward Alex Reese, 3-star shooting guard Herb Jones, 3-star center Galin Smith — and each of them are expected to sign early during the early signing period, which begins on Wednesday.
Here’s a rundown of Alabama’s current commits:
Alex Reese, 4-star PF, Pellham, Ala.
Reese, who stands at 6-foot-9 and weighs 225 pounds, committed to Alabama over University of Alabama at Birmingham this October, which were the only two schools he decided to visit officially. He earned all-state honors last year after averaging 25.4 points, 10.9 rebounds and one block for Pellham High School.
Ranked as the nation’s No. 86 overall prospect and the No. 3 prospect in the state, Reese decided to commit to the Tide over the Blazers because of his relationship with coach Johnson.
“He has a lot of connections and has a lot of experience with the NBA,” Reese told AL.com. “I have a great relationship with the staff and I’m working on building a relationship with the players.”
Herb Jones, 3-star SG, Moundville, Ala.
Jones was the first commitment in the Class of 2017 for Alabama as he chose the Tide over Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida.
The 6-foot-7, 183-pound prospect from Hale County High School is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the state of Alabama and the nation’s No. 33 shooting guard.
“From what coach Johnson has showed me, I feel like I can make an impact as a freshman,” Jones told AL.com. “He doesn’t really define you to a specific role as a position. He calls everybody multi-positional players and that’s what I am.”
As a junior, Jones averaged 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game.
Galin Smith, 3-star C, Clinton, Miss.
The 6-foot-10, 220-pound recruit is rated as the state of Mississippi’s No. 2 prospect. Smith chose Alabama over LSU, UAB, Southern Methodist and Tulane.
Smith is good friends with 5-star running back Cam Akers, who also attends Clinton High School. Akers was once committed to Alabama before backing off his commitment this spring. He’s not expected to re-commit to Alabama.
Smith averaged 21.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.1 blocks and 1.5 assists per game as a junior.
The Tide are also favored to land commitments from two of the top basketball prospects in the country on Nov. 10: 5-star point guard Collin Sexton and 4-star shooting guard John Petty. If the Tide land Sexton and Petty, Alabama will enter the top 5 of the rankings.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
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