Kira Lewis, the top backcourt prospect in the state of Alabama and a recruiting priority for University of Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson’s staff for nearly three years, has committed to the Crimson Tide.

Lewis made the announcement on Friday afternoon via his Twitter account. He also announced he would classify for entry in the class of 2018. Lewis plans to enroll for fall classes at Alabama on August 17 and will be eligible to take part in basketball-related activities when he does so.

The 6-foot-3, 160-pound point guard had a strong summer on the AAU circuit. Lewis made an official visit to Alabama last weekend, including a church visit with Johnson on Sunday.

Lewis, from Hazel Green High School, was rated as the No. 30 prospect in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings and No. 26 in the Top247 overall rankings for 2019. He recently narrowed his list of potential schools to 12, including national programs like Kansas as well as SEC programs Auburn, LSU, Georgia and Ole Miss and Alabama.

Lewis is Alabama’s third commitment of the summer, although his impact on recruiting rankings may depend on his decision regarding reclassification. The Crimson Tide has commitments for its 2019-20 class — guard Juwan Gary from Columbia, South Carolina, and shooting guard Jaylen Forbes of Florence, Mississippi. The Crimson Tide staff would reportedly like to add at least two more players, and possibly three, to the 2019-2020 class.

Reach Cecil Hurt at or 205-722-0225.