What Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats has to say about each member of 2023 signing class

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

After signing Alabama basketball's highest-ranked recruiting class in program history in 2022, Nate Oats and his staff have added another solid recruiting class for 2023 on the early signing day.

The Crimson Tide added four signees Wednesday. The class is ranked No. 13 overall by 247Sports as of Wednesday afternoon. This marks the fourth consecutive top-15 class by Oats since he took the job.

This year's group at the early signing period includes three four-stars in power forward Mouhamed Dioubate (No. 88 nationally), power forward Sam Walters (No. 108) and shooting guard Davin Cosby (112). Then, there's three-star combo guard R.J. Johnson, the highest-rated prospect in Alabama.

"We value shooting, athleticism, versatility and we feel that we have checked all the boxes with this class," Oats said in a statement. "Combined at multiple positions, this class will be able to step in right away and replace the players that we are losing and we are excited to welcome them to the University of Alabama. They are all high character kids that will mesh well with our current players so we are excited to watch them their senior year and get to campus.” 

Here's what Oats said about each prospect.

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Davin Cosby, four-star guard

Measurables: 6-foot-5, 180 pounds

High school: Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh, North Carolina)

What Oats said: "Davin is an elite shooter and really came on the scenes this past summer. He has learned under a great coach in Byron Williams at Word of God Christian Academy and is a proven scorer, leading the state of Virginia in scoring. Davin is a playmaker and can create with the ball in his hands and make plays. With shooting at a premium in our program, we are trying to go recruit the best shooters in the country and we feel that he is one of the best shooting guards in the country.”

Mouhamed Dioubate, four-star forward

Measurables: 6-foot-7, 215 pounds

High school: Putnam Science Academy (Queens, New York native)

What Oats said: "We are really excited to get Mo in our program, he is a multi-talented player who can play a variety of positions. He is a big wing that is extremely versatile and tenacious on the defensive side of the ball and most importantly has won at a high level. Since we have been here, our program has done well with big wings that can play multiple positions. He comes from a winning program under coach Thomas Espinosa and we are thrilled to add him to our program.” 

R.J. Johnson, three-star guard

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 190 pounds

High school: Grissom High School (Huntsville, Alabama)

What Oats said: "Here at the University of Alabama we make it a priority to recruit the best players in the state and we are excited to add the best player in the state of Alabama in R.J. Johnson, coming from a great program in coach Jack Doss. He is a big, strong, athletic and tough guard that is developing as a shooter. We feel that his toughness and versatility can really help us. We are a blue-collar program, and he has blue-collar characteristics that can help us win a lot of games."

Sam Walters, four-star forward

Measurables: 6-foot-8, 180 pounds

High school: Villages Charter School (The Villages, Florida)

What Oats said: "Sam is an elite shooter and a very skilled forward who will fit great into our system. Sam has a unique skillset of shooting, athleticism and can play on the perimeter and is getting better every time we see him play. One of his best attributes is his work ethic; he is a gym rat and constantly in the gym, working on his game and we are excited to see him continue to grow.”