Yesterday the college football playoff was released. It included, in order: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma. But how are these team’s doing in the world of basketball recruiting? let’s take a look.
Avery Johnson’s squad has had a subpar year. With 17-year-old freshmen Kira Lewis Jr blooming into a star, we take a look at what the future of Alabama basketball is looking like.
During the early signing period, the Crimson Tide signed the 17th ranked recruiting class for 2019. Juwan Gary, Jaylen Forbes, and Jaden Shackelford all signed their letter of intends during the early period. Just weeks later the Tide missed out on five-star prospect Drew Timme who had them on his final list.
Now you take a look at who’s left. 2019 five-star Trendon Watford remains a priority for the Crimson Tide. Recently many have said Watford is a lock to Memphis. Sources told Stockrisers that isn’t true. No decision timetable has been made but he’s the top-target for Avery Johnson and would be a great finish to a really talented 2019 class.
As for 2020, the Tide have one player they would love to have. Five-star Brandon Boston is a major want and need for the program. He used one of his official visits to Bama when he visited on November 10th. The only thing in the way, Duke. It’s been known that the Duke OV for Boston went really well, but Bama will keep Boston a priority.
Another team who had a successful signing period, the Clemson Tigers. Brad Brownell was able to sign all three of his 2019 commits. The class includes two top-150 prospects in Al Amir-Dawes and Chase Hunter. They also got a commitment in November from Alex Hemenway.
They still want one more for that 2019 class. Oak Hill forward and top-60 prospect Christian Brown remains a priority for Brownell and the Tigers. It’s been rumored that it will only be a matter of time before he’s a Georgia Bulldog but others have said his recruitment isn’t locked to anyone. If Brownell is able to snag Brown it would be huge and potentially move Clemson into the top-25 (class-wise).
For the Fighting Irish, they’ve yet to snag a 2019 commitment but have high hopes on one guy who would change the entire program. 2019’s #1 guard Cole Anthony is down to a final-6 which included Notre Dame. Mike Brey was the first coach to get an official visit from Anthony which took place in November.
Since then, Anthony has visited Wake Forest, Miami, and UNC. Getting a commitment from Anthony would be a major pickup as he has the potential to be a program-changing player.
Oklahoma had one of the best early signing periods out of any program. They picked up five signees, including the three high school prospects (Harmon, Hill, Iwuakor) who are all top-100 prospects. They also picked up two of the top-10 ranked JUCO players in the country for 2019.
Safe to say with returners and the incoming players the Sooners are bound to have a successful 2019-20 season. Be on the lookout for 2020 prospects as well, Bryce Thompson and Eddie Lampkin are names to look at.