Alabama is one of the final four schools that Marcus Thornton - a 6'7 forward from Georgia - is considering signing with for the 2010-2011 season. The other schools are Georgia, Georgia Tech and Texas. Alabama and Georgia Tech seem to be the favorites due to the chance for playing time in Thornton's freshman year.
Thornton had a monster senior year at Atlanta's Westlake High School, averaging 24 points and 12 rebounds and leading his team to the state championship game. If he were to sign with Alabama there is a good chance he will comprise a formidable starting frontcourt tandem with returning junior, JaMychal Green. Along with the return of Chris Hines, Demetrius Jemison and fellow signee, Jason Carter, Alabama would not be lacking in depth or talent in the paint next season.
One thing in Alabama's favor is that Anthony Grant has had Thornton on his radar since his VCU tenure. In fact, of the four remaining coaches vying for Thornton's talents, Grant is the one who has been recruiting Thornton the longest. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
In other recruiting news: Angelo Chol, a 6'8, 205 lb Center from San Diego, who is currently Number 19 on Rivals Top 150 class for 2011 tweeted on May 7th that Uconn, Alabama, Kansas, Washington and Georgetown are the top 5 schools left that he is considering. Obviously a lot can change between now and 2011, but the other schools being considered should provide you some idea of how much this kid is thought of in recruiting circles. With the possibility of JaMychal Green testing the NBA waters in the near future, a recruit like Chol would be welcome indeed.