The University of Alabama men’s basketball program received its second commitment for the upcoming early signing period as 6-foot-9, 230-pound center Javian Fleming of Canton, Miss., announced that he would sign with the Crimson Tide next week.

Fleming is rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 17 center in the nation by ESPN. He chose Alabama over Georgetown. His other finalists were TCU, Texas A&M and Iowa State.

Recently chosen by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger to its “Dandy Dozen” list of the state’s top players, Fleming told the Clarion-Ledger that he chose Alabama because of the relationship he has with the coaching staff, including Johnson and assistant coach Antoine Pettway, and the feel he has for the program, having visited Tuscaloosa several times. He also cited his friendship with current Alabama freshman Galin Smith, also a native of Mississippi.

The Crimson Tide has also received a commitment from 6-foot-4 point guard Jared Butler of Reserve, La., in the New Orleans area. Johnson cannot comment on prospects until their signing paperwork is complete but indicated last week that UA would sign only two prospects in November before evaluating the need for additional signees in the spring. Butler and Fleming had emerged as Alabama’s top two priorities over the summer.

Reach Cecil Hurt at or 205-722-0225.