Saturday, May 09, 2015

Avery Johnson Jr. Transferring to Alabama

In an unsurprising move, Avery Johnson Jr. has transferred from Texas A&M to Alabama in order to play for his father. Jr. will sit out a year per transfer rules (assuming he's not granted a waiver), and have three years of eligibility beginning in the 2016-17 season. AJ Jr. was, depending on the source, a 2-3 star recruit coming out of high school where he averaged 15 ppg, 4 apg as a senior at Plano West in Texas.

His playing time was limited for A&M this past season, appearing in 13 games and totaling 18 points (1.4 ppg). Not only was playing for his father a draw, but with the recent recruiting success that A&M has enjoyed, he wasn't going to be guaranteed many minutes in the near future. It's a good move on his part, I believe. Hopefully it's a move that benefits both father and son. If anything, I think it ensures that Coach Johnson plans to be in Tuscaloosa for the foreseeable future.

Point guard is a position that is well-covered at the moment for the team. While Retin Obasohan will be a 5th year senior in 15-16, Justin Coleman (So.) and Dazon Ingram (Fr.) will also be competing for time at the position next season and, hopefully, beyond. Assuming AJ Sr. takes an objective approach to who plays how many minutes, AJ Jr. will have to compete at a very high level over the course of the next two years to wrest minutes away from Coleman and Ingram.

And kudos to Billy Kennedy for not making a big deal out of Johnson leaving A&M to play for his father at Alabama. Kennedy could have made a stink about it with Alabama being a conference rival, but he did the right thing and didn't obstruct the process.

In other recruiting news, the Bama coaching staff continues to try and land a few more players from the 2015 class. Today (Friday), they hosted 3-star Guard/Forward, Dikembe Dixson (6'7, 190 lbs). Per his Twitter page, it appears that Dixson had a very positive visit, posting several photos, and generally speaking well of the coaches and the environment. He is also planning to visit Mississippi State this weekend, but has canceled a scheduled trip to Arkansas, meaning it will come down to Alabama or Mississippi State for his signature. Dixson has said he plans to make his decision by May 21st. While Dixson's thin frame suggests he needs to get stronger, his length, athleticism and ability to play different spots on the floor make him an important recruit for an Alabama team in dire need of bodies at the SG/SF position.

Here's a highlight video I found on Youtube. Keep in mind this footage is almost two years old.

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