The University of Alabama men’s basketball program filled its biggest off-season need on Friday as 6-foot-9 post player Jordan Bruner announces that he planned to attend UA as a graduate transfer.
Bruner was a 2020 All-Ivy League first-team selection at Yale. He nearly averaged a double-double this past season, scoring 10.7 points a game and leading the Ivy League with 9.1 rebounds per contest. His 3.6 assists a game ranked fourth in the league.
Barring any signing-day surprises, Alabama now has five confirmed newcomers for 2020-21. UA signed 6-foot-8 wing Keon Ambrose-Hylton in last November’s early signing period and has added commitments from Bruner, Top 40 prospect Josh Primo, a 6-foot-4 guard from Toronto and Keon Ellis, a 6-foot-6 wing player who was a junior college All-American at Florida Southwestern College.
The Crimson Tide currently has two roster vacancies, three players considering their NBA options and other possible outgoing transfers.
“In many ways, Bruner is a unique big man — a long defender who can grab a defensive rebound before pushing the ball on the fast break, morphing from a power forward to a point guard before placing an assist or pulling up from beyond the arc,” said William McCormack, writing in the Yale News.
ESPN has ranked Bruner as the third-best graduate transfer prospect in the nation.