Almost a full month after the soft deadline to sign letters of intent, five-star recruit Devonta Pollard has made his college decision. He will be playing basketball for the Alabama Crimson Tide, according to Don Kausler Jr, of The Birmingham News.
McDonald's All-American Devonta Pollard announces that he will play college basketball at Alabama.
— Don Kausler Jr. (@Tide_Source) June 1, 2012
Pollard made the announcement early Friday evening in a press conference at his high school gym. Pollard had three hats and two shirts laid out in front of him: Georgetown, Missouri, LSU, Texas and Alabama, but ultimately Mississippi’s Mr. Basketball decided that Alabama was the right fit for him.
Pollard is the No. 28 ranked player in the class of 2012 and the seventh ranked small forward. Pollard is an explosive athlete and attacks the rim with ease, using his length and incredible hops. At 6’7, 200 pounds Pollard has prototypical small forward size, and has room to grow on his frame that would allow him to add more muscle.
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Despite his height, Pollard is also an above-average ball handler and excels in transition where his size, speed and ability to handle the rock allow him to attack the basket on the fast break.
Pollard does have some room to improve in his outside game. His mid-range shooting is good, but could still use some polish there, and his touch from three could really use some work.
In spite of that, the addition of Pollard makes a terrible Alabama recruiting class great—as it had no previous commitments from the class of 2012. Pollard will join an already young and upcoming group in Tuscaloosa, and he will look to help push the team further in the tournament than their first-round exit in 2012.
Alabama has an excellent chance of doing so with Pollard, and could conceivably challenge Kentucky for the SEC crown if the young team gels quickly.