Devonta Pollard, a Porterville High School (MS) product, committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide earlier this evening, as reported by CBS' local affiliate in Birmingham. The 6’7", 190-lb forward achieved nearly every accolade possible for a high school basketball player—from Rivals 5-star recruit to McDonald’s All-American. Currently, Pollard is Alabama's only 2012 recruit. He will join a team that returns five of their six leading scorers from 2011-2012.
Pollard, who has spent much of the spring recovering from an injury, chose the Tide over the likes of Texas, Missouri and Georgetown. Considering the traditions of the aforementioned programs, Pollard’s commitment is a big deal for ‘Bama basketball. Anthony Grant, who first established himself as the coach of VCU teams that succeeded in the NCAA tournament, is in the process of establishing a strong basketball program in Tuscaloosa.
In a University of Alabama Athletic Department Press Release, Grant stated:
Devonta is an extremely gifted player that is capable of playing multiple positions and has demonstrated the ability to impact games in a variety of ways...He possesses the character and work ethic of a champion student-athlete and will be a great ambassador to our university, community and program."
After qualifying for the NCAA tournament this past year, Grant and Company seem to be well on their way to future success with addition of Pollard—an instant-impact player.