Football season is in its crux and there are few places more exciting than Tuscaloosa, Ala., right now on that front. But over in Coleman Coliseum, the basketball staff is hard at work, as well. The Crimson Tide picked up their first signees for the class of 2016 Wednesday in Ar’Mond Davis, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Tacoma, Wash., and Braxton Key, a small forward from Nashville.
Davis, who is currently a sophomore playing at the College of Southern Idaho, is the No. 6 overall junior college player, according to 247Sports.com. He is also 247Sports’ top junior college player out of the state of Washington and the nation’s No. 3 JUCO shooting guard.
The 6-foot-6 guard has only played three games with the Eagles this year, but he’s averaging 24.3 points and nine rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game. In 31 games as a freshman last season, Davis averaged 10.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. On two occasions he scored a season-high 23.
“We want to make recruiting at the junior college level a priority. I started my career as a junior college player and I feel players learn the game while gaining valuable playing experience,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson said, according to the school. “Our staff had Ar’Mond rated as the top junior college prospect in the country. He is a prolific three-point shooter and he is extremely hard to guard when he is attacking the basket.
“We’ve built a strong relationship with Ar’Mond and his mom, and we feel like he will be a great addition to our team.”
Key is a 6-foot-8 small forward, who currently plays at the esteemed Oak Hill Academy and is ranked the state of Virginia’s No. 2 player by 247Sports.com. Key, who was formerly known as Braxton Blackwell, played at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville prior to making the switch to Oak Hill this season.
At Christ Presbyterian, Key led the team to a state title last season, averaging 20.7 points and 10.5 boards per game. He chose Alabama over not only Texas and Vanderbilt, but over Kansas’ nationally acclaimed program, as well.
“When you think about championship teams on any level,” Johnson said, “those teams always have a player like Braxton Key.”