Alex Reese: 3 things to know about the Alabama Crimson Tide basketball forward

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

Alex Reese joined the Alabama men's basketball team with fanfare entering the 2017-18 season. 

He came in as ESPN's No. 2-ranked prospect in the state of Alabama, according to Alabama Athletics. ranked him the No. 58 player in the country and No. 8 power forward nationally. 

Reese earned the 2017 AHSAA Class 6A Boys Basketball Player of the Year. 

Here is some basic information about Alex Reese: 

  • Height: 6 feet, 9 inches
  • Weight: 230 pounds
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Birthday: May 22, 1999
  • Hometown: Pelham, Alabama
  • High school: Pelham High School
  • Parents: Brian and Rebakah Reese

Find out three more things to know about Alabama men's basketball forward Alex Reese. 

Alex Reese helped propel Alabama to 2021 Sweet 16

Mar 22, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward Alex Reese (3) and guard Jaden Shackelford (5) react after a play in the second half against the Maryland Terrapins in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Reese came off the bench and scored 13 points with five rebounds in 16 minutes to help Alabama beat Maryland 96-77 in the 2021 NCAA Tournament second round. 

His 13 points were two points shy of his season high in points. 

The win earned Alabama its first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2004. The Crimson Tide did plenty of dancing in the locker room to celebrate. 

Alabama, Maryland:See Alabama basketball locker room celebration after beating Maryland to reach Sweet 16

Alex Reese was arrested for public intoxication in 2020

Dec 29, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward Alex Reese (3) dribbles the ball against the Mississippi Rebels during the first half at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Reese was arrested early in the morning on Friday, March 13, 2020, by the Tuscaloosa Police Department and charged with public intoxication. He was placed in the county jail on a $300 bond. 

"Around 3:30 a.m., Tuscaloosa police observed Alexander Reese, a 20-year-old black male of Tuscaloosa, walking along Lurleen Wallace Blvd. and Stillman Blvd. Officers determined he was under the influence of alcohol and was a danger to himself," according to the statement from Tuscaloosa police captain Brad Mason

The Alabama men's basketball team learned its 2019-20 season was over with the cancellation of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday, March 12. 

Reese put out a statement on social media the night of his arrest.

"As you all know, early this morning I was arrested," Reese said. "I sincerely apologize to my family, my teammates and coaches, and to the University of Alabama for misrepresenting what this school and athletic program stand for. What happened is not indicative of how my parents raised me. Moving forward, I will be using this poor decision of mine as one to learn and grow from."

Alabama's trial court record system has no record that Reese went to trial for these charges. Its only record for Reese is a speeding ticket he received Nov. 22, 2020. 

Alex Reese:Alabama’s Alex Reese arrested for public intoxication

Alex Reese's uncle Quinton Reese played football at Auburn

Alabama forward Alex Reese (3) drives the baseline in front of Auburn center Austin Wiley (50) in Coleman Coliseum Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Quinton Reese played linebacker and defensive line for Auburn football from 1996-99, according to College Football Reference. His Auburn coaches were Terry Bowden and Tommy Tuberville

The Detroit Lions selected Reese in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft with the 181st pick overall. Reese went 18 spots before Tom Brady. 

Quinton Reese played defensive end for the San Diego Chargers in 2000, according to Auburn

Here's more Alex Reese news: 

Check out the Alex Reese bio on the Alabama men's basketball website. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik