November 13, 2007

Tide lands Top 10 class

With three of the top fifty players in the nation, the Alabama Crimson Tide's 2008 basketball recruiting class ranks among the very best in all of college basketball and could potentially be the strongest recruiting class yet for head coach Mark Gottfried.

Headlining the Tide class is Montgomery power forward Jamychal Green, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound five star prospect out of St. Jude's who was among the more highly sought after big men in the South this year.

"Green is the high profile in this class. He's everyone's All-American and should make the McDonald's team," Watts said. "He's a straight power forward who does his work within five feet of the basket. He gets position in the low block and then muscles up and around. He's not going to dazzle anyone with a 40+ inch vertical jump but he's going to be dominant near the basket."

Joining Green in the Tide recruiting class is shooting guard Andrew Steele brother of Tide point guard Ronald Steele and a star in his own right. Andrew, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound four-star, led his John Carroll Catholic team to the state semifinals and has shown the ability to become a leader on the floor in clutch situations.

"A lot of people want to compare him naturally to his older brother Ron but their playing styles aren't similar," said Watts. "Andrew is a strong, combo guard who excels at using his muscle to get to the basket. His jumpshot is a work in progress but he's a natural scorer. He's a hard worker and is a leader. Defensively he was one of the best in his class."

Rounding out the Tide's 2008 class is Swainsboro, Ga. small forward Tony Mitchell, an 6-foot-6, 185-pound athlete rated as the nation's No. 5 small forward overall.

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