With class of 2011 shooting guard Trevor Lacey (#37), the top unsigned prospect left in the class, committing to Alabama, the Crimson Tide moved up in our class rankings ahead of Louisville and Arkansas and just behind Ohio State to slide into the number nine spot.
Lacey and shooting guard Levi Randolph (#31) anchor an impressive Crimson Tide recruiting class and are both in-state products that Alabama head coach Anthony Grant was able to reel in. Both are big-time scorers who can hit shots from all over the floor but the difference between the two is that Randolph has a better mid-range game whereas Lacey is much stronger, allowing him to absorb contact in the paint and finish through it for the bucket.
Small forward Rodney Cooper is another good shooter that the Crimson Tide is bringing in but he is also a quality defender. His length can cause problems for defenders since he can get his long arms into passing lanes or use them to block shots. He is also a versatile defender who can guard either wing position and is a great rebounder for a perimeter player. Cooper, like Randolph, has the ability to handle the ball well too and can pass well for a small forward.
Power forward Nick Jacobs and center Moussa Gueye round out the recruiting class for the Crimson Tide and provide Alabama with a solid incoming front court. Jacobs gives Grant a true back-to-the-basket post-player who has good strength and hands that a big man needs. He can also knock down the mid-range jumper and establish a presence inside the paint. As for Gueye, this seven-footer is a defensive specialist who is an effective shot-blocker and rebounder inside the paint and has the potential to make a big impact in the SEC because of his raw talent and size.