Sports fans around the country usually think of football when it comes to Alabama athletics, but it was the Crimson Tide basketball team who landed a big recruit as four-star power forward Alex Reese committed to the school on Thursday:
247 Sports ranks Reese as 19th among all power forwards and the 86th-best overall player in the 2017 recruiting class. A Pelham, Alabama native, he is also rated as the third-best player in the state .
Reese officially visited Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 1, so his decision came relatively quickly. He was also considering UAB, Arizona State, Auburn, Georgia and several other schools in the southern part of the United States, but as of the middle of September, he had narrowed down his choice to either Alabama or UAB.
At 6-9 and 230 pounds, Reese will give Alabama some bulk in their frontcourt. He is actually one of two recruits that the Crimson Tide landed Thursday. The second was three-star shooting guard Herb Jones from Moundville, Alabama. With these two recruits in place, Alabama’s 2017 recruiting class is now ranked as the sixth-best in the SEC and 34th in the country, according to 247 Sports.
In Avery Johnson’s first year as head coach last season, Alabama went 18-15, including 9-11 in SEC play. The Crimson Tide began conference play 2-6, but they were able to reel off five straight victories to get back to .500 in the SEC.
Alabama lost to Kentucky in the second-round of the SEC Tournament before coming up short in the first-round of the NIT to Creighton.