On Thursday night, Alabama got themselves a game changer.
That’s when class of 2017 five-star point guard Collin Sexton offered up a verbal pledge to play for the Crimson Tide.
Usually, you see Nick Saban reel in five-star talent to Tuscaloosa, but Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson is doing a marvelous job on the recruiting front, too. And Johnson’s hard work paid off tenfold when Sexton went on ESPN U to declare he wants to play for Alabama.
Rivals’ basketball recruiting analyst Eric Bossi said a few factors led to Sexton choosing Alabama.
“At the end of the day, I think two things really helped to put Alabama over the top and that’s being ahead of the game in targeting Sexton and relative proximity to home,” Bossi said. “Certainly, Avery Johnson’s NBA pedigree helped and I do think Sexton is a kid who has his eyes on possibly being one and done. But, getting in on him early and being proactive in his recruitment paid off huge for the Crimson Tide. Also, that his family can get to and from Tuscaloosa with relative ease was an added bonus.”
Sexton, a 6’2”, 182-pound lead guard from Mableton, Georgia (Pebblebrook High School) is rated as a five-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No.7 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the second-best point guard in the country. 247Sports also regards him as the second-best basketball player in the state of Alabama.
He chose the Crimson Tide over significant interest from Kansas. Sexton also had offers from North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Auburn, Cincinnati, Connecticut. Florida, Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia, Iowa State, Kansas State, Memphis, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Ole Miss, Rhode Island, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulane, Central Florida, USC and Villanova.
Sexton will join four-star power forward Alex Reese, three-star shooting guard Herb Jones and three-star center Galin Smith in Johnson’s wonderful 2017 recruiting class. It is a class that 247Sports now ranks as the seventh-best in the nation and second among SEC teams.