After spending time with Bama head coachand player host Jr., Braxton Key has bought into the message and made his pledge to sign with the University of Alabama.
"Basically helping be a huge part of starting something new," Key told 247sports. "There are a lot of great basketball schools that had to get their start, and he’s hoping I can be one of those guys that starts something special. I like Coach Johnson a lot. He and his staff have done a great job of recruiting myself, and my family. We have a really great relationship."
Originally from from Nashville, TN, the swing forward transferred to hoops powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia for his senior season. He is rated the No. 13 small forward and the No. 68 overall player in the class per the 247Sports Composite.
At 6’7″ and 220 lbs., he is a versatile forward prospect that can fill multiple roles. He is capable at both the power forward and small forward positions. Key is comfortable facing the basket or posting up. His passing and basketball IQ will make him an important piece to the puzzle in Tuscaloosa.
Key has shown more willingness to play inside at summer camps while also taking advantage of his ability to play on the perimeter when needed.
Key had offers from over two dozen I-A schools choosing the Tide over Kansas, Texas, and Vanderbilt. He is the third commitment to Alabama and joins 5-star Terrance Ferguson as the second top 100 prospect to make his verbal commitment to the Crimson Tide.
The early signing period for men's basketball begins November 11, 2015.
[* He recently changed his surname from Blackwell to Key ]