The early signing period wrapped up Wednesday for the University of Alabama men’s basketball program, which announced the signing of three prospects: forward Juwan Gary (Charlotte, N.C/West Charlotte HS)and guards Jaylen Forbes (Florence, Miss./Florence HS) and Jaden Shackelford (Hesperia, Ca./Hesperia HS). All three are four-star prospects in the most recent 247 Sports rankings
“Our 2019 signing class is one that we are very optimistic about,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said in a UA release. “Each one addresses an area of how we want to play and the style we desire to play on the court. They each have strong work ethic, ball-handling ability and will knock down open shots on a consistent basis. All three are high-level people who we believe will not only be successful on the court, but in the classroom as well.”
Johnson also offered individual comments on each signee.
“Juwan is a prospect that we fell in love with from the first moment we watched him,” Johnson said. “(He) has a high motor and plays with maximum energy on both sides of the floor. He’s a knock-down three-point shooter. Juwan has strong character and bounces back extremely well from adversity.
“Jaylen Forbes is a player who is from our footprint area of the Southeast,” Johnson said. “We feel Jaylen is one of the best pure shooters in the country. He is a knock-down 3-point shooter who is a threat as soon as he crosses half-court. We were very impressed with how strong he finished the AAU season and really showed his athleticism and ability to create plays off the dribble.
“Jaden Shackelford brings an explosiveness as a combo guard. He can get his shot off against anybody. He has a great body, is an outstanding defender and is a high-level ball handler who has great court vision.”
Drew Timme, a 6-foot-10 forward from Dallas, Texas, and a prospect that Alabama had recruited heavily, chose Gonzaga on Wednesday morning.
The state of Alabama’s top prospect, 6-8 forward Trendon Watford of Mountain Brook, is not expected to sign in the early period. Watford is being recruited by Alabama, Memphis, Florida State, Indiana, LSU and others.
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