The 2016 recruiting class under Avery Johnson continues to grow. This past week Braxton Key, a 4 star small forward from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, committed to Alabama. Key originally hails from Nashville, and was long considered a Vanderbilt lean, but Alabama made up ground a few weeks ago once Key made a visit to Tuscaloosa. Texas and Kansas were also recruiting him. Key is a 6'7 small forward and is a top 75 ranked recruit for the class of 2016. Last season at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville (Key transferred to Oak Hill this past summer), he averaged 20.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg and 4.9 apg. With Key's commitment, 247 Sports currently ranks Alabama's class in their top 5 team rankings for 2016.
Here's what some recruiting analysts had to say about Key:
Evan Daniels [Scout] - "This is another good pick up for Alabama.
Braxton Key is a versatile forward prospect that can fill multiple
roles. At 6-foot-7, Key will likely played both the power forward and
small forward positions at Alabama. He likes to play with the ball in
his hands and is skilled enough to attack defenders off the dribble. He
played with good effort, makes good decisions and is a quality passer.
Improving the consistency in his jump shot is one of the next steps in
his offensive development."
Eric Bossi [Rivals] - "I think that Braxton Key is a versatile addition and potentially the
rare forward who can help to ease the ball handling burden of the
guards. Key can play as either a big three or a matchup problem four man
and his biggest strengths are his abilities to create for himself and
others with his dribbling and passing out of the high post and from the
wings. He’s a good defender, good athlete, good kid and another strong
addition for Avery Johnson."
Josh Gershon [Scout] - "Braxton Blackwell projects as a good four-year
player for Alabama. He's an undersized four that can potentially play
some three who plays hard and impacts the game in multiple ways. On
offense, Blackwell is comfortable facing the basket or posting up. He's
got a good feel and is a talented passer for the position. Blackwell's
motor and instincts make him a productive rebounder. He's not
necessarily a super high ceiling guy, yet he's a winning player whose
versatility and basketball IQ should help make him an important piece to
the puzzle in Tuscaloosa."