Jayden Stone 6’3” SG (Central Park/Team Carroll Premier 2020) is the new face and may be the best player in the class. He hasn’t been in America too long but has already made a name for himself in Alabama. He has a complete game and can score on all levels.
The Southern Spring Invitational, hosted by Team Carroll Premier, is one of the best events in the south hosting over 300 teams at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. It’s a good measuring tool to evaluate most of the young talent in the state as they go ahead to ahead.
Tommy Burton always knew he’d play basketball. 6’5 seventh graders walking the halls don’t make it past the entrances of the school before the coach is shaking his hand introducing himself. Getting on the court is the given.
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Theo Akwuba during the Alabama North-South All Star Game (Photo Cred/Julie Bennett of AL.com)6’9 Brewbaker Tech Senior Center Theo Akwuba isn’t a household name in recruiting circles. At the beginning of the season you didn’t find him on any of the state’s pre-season top senior lists.
The Steel City Invitational is always a good measuring stick for teams and players. It’s a good spot for evaluators like myself to see kids compete against other college prospects all in one place. For the most part, the top kids did their parts and the improvement and confidence gained during the off season was evident.
The class of 2018 may not be the best class to come through but it is panning out to be a decent class. Although some of the top prospects have decided to transfer out of state, we decided to keep them in the rankings with our new format.
The second annual Battle For The Rankings is one to remember. As usual, there are always hidden gems and late bloomers ready to emerge as the next guy. There were actually several and we will tell you first hand, they’re legit!
THE UNUSUAL SUSPECT
If you’re a state of Alabama high school basketball fan, you should have heard of Josh Roberts before. Well then again maybe you haven’t. In today’s world of recruiting it’s hard for prospects to go unnoticed.
It might be a little too early to be ranking the class of 2020 but this group of freshman is very talented. Most of the kids listed lead their respective high school teams in either scoring or rebounding while all of them are starters. There is even room to add a few more to the list but we will wait to see how they all pan out in the future before we expand the list too early. [Read Here]
There are always late bloomers, late "growers" and guys with upside who eventually start to emerge. That has kinda been the story here in Alabama and there are three kids worthy of that tag. [Read Here]