Crimson Tide hoops fans have marveled at what new coachhas been able to accomplish in less than one year on campus. One aspect we have yet to see is what he can do in a full recruiting cycle.
Last year, Alabama already had 3-star recruitsand signed in the early period when Anthony Grant was canned. Johnson was able to convince underrated 3-star to follow through with his pledge to the Tide. Also added were transfers (Memphis) and Jr. (Texas A&M) plus preferred walk-on .
For 2016, Alabama welcomes in a pair of 4-stars who signed during the early signing period in November, Braxton Key and Ar'Mond Davis. Five-star guard Terrance Ferguson is committed to Bama and expected to sign when the regular signing period begins April 13.
But WAIT! There's more!
Bruno Fernando took an official visit to the Capstone last weekend and by all accounts had a very good time. The 4-star Montverde, FL (Montverde Academy) center is 6-10/225 and ranked among the top 70 to 100 players in the nation.
Originally from Angola, Africa, Fernando would fill a need for a large presence under the hoop for Alabama. This hold more truth with the fact that forwards, , and will all be seniors next season. He has many offers but appears to be down to Bama, Florida State, and Marquette.
If you pulled out your trusty roster, you might wonder how Alabama can sign four players to the Class of 2016.
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Obasohan and Edwards are seniors. Lawson Schaffer andare walk-ons. That leaves ten players. Adding in four new guys puts Bama one over the scholarship limit of 13. The pessimist might think Bama is losing their grip on Ferguson but I have a theory: Avery Johnson Jr. could be taken off scholarship next season. I would think papa can afford tuition.