The University of Alabama men’s basketball program received its third commitment for the 2020-21 season as 6-foot-6 junior college wing Keon Ellis announced via social media that he would sign with Nate Oats’ program.
Ellis, from Eustis, Fla., was the Suncoast Conference Player of the Year and led Florida Southwestern College to a berth in the NJCAA Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas. That event was cancelled due to the coronavirus.
As a sophomore at Florida Southwestern, Ellis averaged 18.1 points per game on 53.6% shooting from the field and 40.1% from 3-point range. He also shot 80.1% from the foul line while adding 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
Ellis, considered a Top 15 national junior college prospect, also considered Western Kentucky, Kansas State, Georgia and numerous other Division I offers. He can officially sign with UA on April 14.
Alabama signed 6-foot-8 wing Keon Ambrose-Hylton in last November’s early signing period and has a commitment from Top 40 prospect Josh Primo, a 6-foot-4 guard from Toronto.
Alabama currently has two roster vacancies, three players considering their NBA options and other possible outgoing transfers. UA is pursuing additional prospects for the early signing period.
Oats cannot comment on specific unsigned prospects per NCAA rules but talked in general terms about recruiting last week.
“At this level, we need to get better players than what we had at Buffalo here at Alabama, but we’d like to get more guards and big guards that can play,” Oats said. “We want more guys that can pass, dribble and shoot all over the floor. We want more bigs that can shoot — pass, dribble and shoot, to be honest with you. So, we’re looking at every angle there is. We’re talking to high school kids that we’ve been tracking for a while. We’re talking to JUCO guys that we’ve been tracking for a while. We’re talking to transfers that have just become available here in the last week or two. We’re looking at all of it.
“We don’t know how this going to end up looking…I think where teams get stuck is when they don’t plan on guys leaving and all of a sudden, they leave.”
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