UAB signee Javien “JD” Williams (2016) scored 40 points against Holy Family on Wednesday, January 6th. He continues to put up big numbers in his pursuit of Alabama’s “Mr. Basketball” award.
After an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt University earlier this month, Garrison Brooks (2017) listed UAB, Vanderbilt, and Georgia in his list of top 3 schools. He states that these are the schools who have shown the most interest in him. UAB has clearly identified Brooks as a top target as they’ve made an effort to both travel to see him play as well as remain in contact with him on a daily basis. Brooks plans on visiting UAB some time in the spring. Brooks is also the nephew of UAB legend, Mo Finley.
Ryan Allen (2017), a 6’1″, 175 pound guard at Dematha High School in Hyattsville, Md., was offered by the UAB coaching staff on Monday, January 11th. He is the teammate of UAB signee, Nate Darling (2016). His coach, Mike Jones, believes there are several more offers coming for the talented senior in the near future.
One of the underrated prospects in the state is Hale County guard, Herb Jones (2017). Jones is a tall guard at 6’6″ and could grow as tall as 6’9″ before it’s all said and done. UAB and Alabama are recruiting him the hardest. He is also being targeted by Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, Florida, Wichita State, and many more. He most recently visited Alabama’s campus for their game against Kentucky.
UAB target, Alex O’Connell (2017), has been a popular name on the recruiting circuit since last summer. He holds offers from UAB, Clemson, Ole Miss, Kansas State, and Auburn among others. He has already visited many of these campuses and plans on visiting Stanford next – another program in hot pursuit of the sharp shooting 6’4″ guard from Milton, Ga. O’Connell is letting the recruiting process play out for now, but he plans on committing to a school in September or October before signing his LOI during the early signing period next November.
Chuma Okeke (2017) is being targeted by UAB along with big time programs such as Kansas, Iowa State, Florida, and Georgia. Okeke is a 6’7″, 185 pound forward from Westlake High School in Atlanta, Ga. Okeke is more focused on his team’s season than the overall recruiting process as he only made one visit during the fall (Georgia). It’s still too early to tell which schools stand out for the talented forward.
Pat Lammer (@PLamRecruiting) states Zach Scott (2018) now boasts offers from UAB, FIU, Vanderbilt, and UCF. The 6’4″, 160 pound guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is making quite the impression so far during his junior season. He recently faced off against Tyler Polley and Luis Hurtado who are both class of 2017 prospects from Sagemont High School in Weston, Fla. Scott’s team, Westminster Academy, won the game 48-46 led by his 17 points in the second half.
On Sunday, January 3rd, Terryonte Thomas (2017) listed UAB in his top 4 schools along with Iowa State, VCU, and Southern Miss. Thomas, a 6’4″, 205 pound guard from Columbus, Miss., remains a big target for UAB.
Two instate prospects, DeAndre Robinson (2017) and Myreon Jones Jr. (2018), visited UAB for the MTSU game along with Javien “JD” Williams (2016) on Sunday, January 3rd. Robinson is a 6’6″, 210 pound forward from Monroeville, Ala., while Jones is a 6’2″, 145 pound guard from Huffman, Ala. Robinson has an offer from Jacksonville State and interest from UAB, Alabama A&M, Louisiana Tech, MTSU and South Alabama among others.
Raheem Riley (2017), a 6’4″, 250 pound forward, stated on Twitter that UAB was coming to see his next game. Through the first six games of his junior season at Bendle High School in Burton, Mich. he is averaging 15 points and 7 rebounds per game. In 19 games the prior year he averaged just over 13 points and 6 rebounds per contest.
One of the top freshman basketball players is just down the road from UAB’s campus. Trendon Watford (2019) is a 6’7″, 195 pound forward at Mountain Brook High School who already holds offers from Alabama and Mississippi State. He currently ranks second in the country among freshman in scoring boasting an impressive 24 points and 11 rebounds per game. UAB will certainly be in the hunt to keep the talented forward in the state of Alabama.