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Alabama signee Collin Sexton

Alabama basketball: The future of Alabama basketball dazzles at McDonald’s

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at an Alabama recruit’s performance at the McDonald’s All-American Game. 

For four decades, the McDonald’s All-American Game has showcased the stars of a generation — Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Vince Carter, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, etc. They went on to star at Michigan State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Memphis under John Calipari, other blue bloods of the sport. On Wednesday night, an Alabama signee donned that uniform and exploited the all-star format to his advantage, showcasing the floor vision and ball-handling skills that made him the top pure point guard in his class.

Collin Sexton dazzled in his 23 minutes at the All-American game, showing the confidence and fearlessness that Avery Johnson will favor in his offensive juggernaut. It’s too early to say that he’ll be a player like any of those NBA Hall of Fame inductees, but he comes to Alabama as the best recruit the Crimson Tide’s seen in years. He’s not the first Alabama recruit to play in the game — there’s JaMychal Green, whose career was slightly disappointing at Alabama, and Devonta Pollard, whose career was slightly derailed by a strange kidnapping saga. But he’s the most promising and a hallmark of the potential Alabama has under Johnson.

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Built by Bama

Marlon Humphrey is rapidly becoming a favored draft prospect, particularly among teams that need instant help in the secondary like the Detroit Lions. The Ringer’s latest mock draft puts him as the 17th pick in the first round, to Washington, the third of four Alabama players taken in the first round.

Around the Capstone

The men’s tennis team will close out the home portion of its schedule with a tripleheader weekend. The team most recently was swept by Georgia, and will take on No. 12 Florida and No. 21 South Carolina in search of its second victory in SEC matches.

The women’s team’s fortunes have been more favorable. Star Erin Routliffe was named the SEC Player of the Week after a three-win weekend.

The women’s golf team begins its own run-in at the Bryan National Collegiate tournament in North Carolina. That team is stacked with three of the nation’s top 20 golfers and is ranked No. 2 in the country. The tournament will be the penultimate regular season affair before the SEC Championships in April.

The soccer team’s annual spring schedule begins this weekend with a doubleheader split by a free soccer clinic for local players.

The outdoor track season continues with the Florida Relays and Stanford Invitational this weekend. 

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