Collin Sexton isn’t the normal top recruit who goes to Alabama. For one, he’s going there to play basketball, and not football.
Sexton, the No. 2 point guard in the 2017 recruiting class, is headed to Alabama next year and has many media members optimistic about where the Crimson Tide are headed. And Sexton himself believes Alabama is set to join the likes of Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina, all of whom made the Elite Eight in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
“Yeah, I know that Alabama isn’t known as a basketball school, and that everyone thinks the SEC is a football conference,” Sexton wrote in a piece for The Players Tribune. “That’s changing though. Everyone just saw Kentucky, South Carolina and Florida play in the Elite Eight. The SEC is starting to make some noise on the basketball court.
“And now, I think they’re about to get one more dominant team.”
He also doesn’t have use social media, as the Georgia native calls it a “waste of time.” And while some considered him a late-bloomer, the 5-star standout has always thought highly of his game.
He also gave a great anecdote in the story about why he picked Alabama above every other school. And this is what should get Crimson Tide fans really excited.
“I want everyone to be excited about watching Alabama basketball. Yeah, football isn’t going anywhere, but basketball at Bama is on the up, y’all,” Sexton said. “Tide fans: How does this sound — an SEC championship and an NCAA tournament bid.”
The high school standout also explained that he’s not good at losing—which is a very Saban-esque quality to have—and that he doesn’t take charges any more because one time in 7th grade, he did and Kobi Simmons of Arizona dunked on him.
Sexton is the crown jewel in Alabama’s 2017 recruiting class, which ranks as the No. 4 class in the country per the 247Sports composite rankings. And if Sexton can live up to the hype, he’ll definitely give Alabama fans something to cheer about.