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Alabama Basketball Recruiting: Tide Might Add Overlooked Sleeper for 2018

Coach Avery Johnson did not have to travel far to find this diamond in the rough.

Coach Avery Johnson may have found a sleeper hit from right down the road in Birmingham. Belarus native Dmitry Ryuny (Rivny) has reportedly been in the United States less than a year and fell through the recruiting cracks. So much so, that 247sports, Rivals and ESPN don’t even have a profile for him.

Ryuny played for Birmingham’s Central Park Christian, alma mater of former Tide player Tony Mitchell. The graduating senior basically went unnoticed until he participated in an event called the Southern Spring Invitational earlier this month at BJCC and had spectators scurrying for their smartphones to look up this 6’8” strong forward.

A few reviews:

Dmitry Rivny (Central Park/Team Carroll Premier) three level scorer but his pull-up jumper from mid-range and three was impressive. The Russian showcased why the international game has become so popular with his big time skill set and sneaky athleticism. He needs to add weight/strength but expect Rivny to get off the board soon as the unsigned senior is one of the best available.


Dmitry Rivny, a Russian import from Birmingham’s Central Park Christian, was the talk of the tournament to begin the weekend. He impressed spectators with his mixture of big dunks and shooting ability from 3.

The 6-foot-8 forward is bouncy and athletic, but he also has a nice touch and the ability to shoot the ball from deep. He can play both forward spots and should be recruited by a lot of mid-major and high-major programs.

In a recent game with his travel team Team Carroll Premier, he scored 21 points on 7-11 shooting (4-8 from 3 point land) and had 8 rebounds. He averaged 20.3 ppg at the Indianapolis AAU Gauntlet last weekend.

On Wednesday, he made an official visit to Tuscaloosa and was made an offer from Johnson. If he signs with Alabama, it would take the sting off losing forward Braxton Key.

He also has offers from Texas Tech and University of San Francisco. D1 Basketball signing period ends May 16, 2018.

[LOST IN TRANSLATION: His name has also been listed as “Dzmitry Ryuny”. He now has a 247 profile under that name.]