Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bama Continues Late Recruiting Push

It is obvious that the Alabama coaching staff is determined to add another player or two from the 2014 class. This week the staff offered Jeff Garrett, a 6'7 210 lb PF from Oldsmar Christian High School in Oldsmar, FL. Garrett is originally from Gadsden City, but transferred to Oldsmar for his senior year. He will be taking an official visit to Alabama at some point in the near future.

Most recruiting sites list him as a PF. As you can see in the video below, he's long, athletic and shows some versatility in the way he runs the floor and his ability to score off the dribble. The video doesn't show much in the way of a perimeter or mid-range game so that may be something he needs to develop. And as always, how good he is on the defensive end will determine how much he plays early. He may also need a year in the weight room to successfully play the 4 at the college level, but the kid definitely shows some promise in the clips below. 

Nevertheless, this is good news that the staff is continuing to try and stock the 2014 roster with more pieces. Obviously they recognize the need for more size and depth to complement the returning players for next season. If the Bama staff can land Garrett or Jackson Davis or both, it will only strengthen what is, arguably, the best recruiting class that they have signed during Grant's tenure.

Also of note is that Cecil Hurt tweeted today that Alabama is showing interest in JC recruit JJ Nganga, a 6'10, 250 lb C from Northern Oklahoma College. Nganga originally hails from France. He averaged 5.8 pts, 5.3 reb this season. He could be a bit of a project in the mold of Moussa and Carl, but he would bring more size to the table, something the program desperately needs. For what it's worth, he was a decent FT shooter for a big man (63%) and he also knocked down 5-14 3pt shots (35%).


1 comment:

DJC said...

I'm thinking this is also a good indication that Carl and/or Jacobs will not be back. I would be surprised if either is on the team next year. If we don't sign any big men, that will leave only Taylor and Kessens to play in the post next year. I'd really like to get Jackson Davis out of what seems to be available, which frankly isn't much.