It appears the Bama 2016 class has added a new player. It's not official yet, but AL.com and 247Sports are reporting from sources that Morehead State graduate transfer Corban Collins (6'3,190 lbs) has committed to Alabama following a weekend visit to Tuscaloosa. Collins will have one year of eligibility and can play immediately. Other schools considered were Mississippi State and Central Florida.
Collins, a combo guard, began his career at LSU in the 2012-13 season before transferring to Morehead State. In two years at Morehead he averaged 9.9 ppg, 2.6 apg, 3.1 rpg and 1.1 spg with shooting averages of 39% FG, 38% 3-pt (42% in 15-16) and 75% FT. He was named to the 2nd team All-OVC team last season.
Collins is a good addition to the team. He can play the 1 or 2, was a good 3 point shooter last season, is a willing passer, and looks the part physically on film. At the very least he will add quality depth at the guard position. If you wish to follow Corban on social media, his Twitter is @CorbanCollins_3.
Avery Johnson was hoping to add at least two players in the late period so there may be more recruiting news in the days ahead.
UPDATE: Daniel Giddens, a Ohio State transfer, is in Tuscaloosa today visiting the campus. Giddens (6'10, 228 lbs) is a former 4 star recruit from Georgia. In his lone season in Buckeye land, he averaged 3.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 bpg in 18 minutes per game. Giddens will have to sit out a year, but will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2017-18 season. He is considered one of the top 10-12 available transfers, and would be a nice addition to the roster despite having to sit a year. He was recruited out of high school by Anthony Grant, and I was bummed when he committed to Ohio State. When I read that he was transferring, I hoped the Bama coaching staff would contact him.
UPDATE II: Daniel Giddens returned to Tuscaloosa for an official visit on Saturday (May 14th). With Giddens making two visits to Tuscaloosa, it leads one to assume that Alabama has a good shot at landing the 6'10 Ohio State transfer.