Exit Jerod Haase.
Enter Robert Ehsan.
How will this coaching change impact UAB basketball recruiting? The answer is – not much. Coach Ehsan has been on the recruiting trail for years selling the UAB program to prospects around the country. His name might not garner national attention yet, but top in-state recruits, their head coaches, and their families know exactly who he is. The relationships he has been building with these top in-state recruits will continue to develop and hopefully pay off on future National Signing Days.
Here are a few updates that have taken place over the course of the last month:
Nate Darling 6-foot-4, 180 pound shooting guard from DeMatha Catholic High in Hyattsville, MD
Darling won the Sport Chek 3-Point shootout contest at the BioSteel All Canadian event on Sunday evening. Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) of Draft Express had the following to say of Darling’s performance, “2016 SG Nate Darling is your 3-point shootout winner. 6-5 with a flame-thrower. Reminds me a little of Kellen Dunham. Great get for UAB.”
Javien Williams 6-foot-4, 175 pound shooting guard from Woodlawn High in Birmingham, AL
Averaged 24.2 points, 12.7 rebounds per game, & 4.7 assists per game
Williams was recently named Alabama’s Class 6A Player of the Year. Williams has been on the record stating he is on board with the decision to promote Robert Ehsan to the position of Head Coach, so Blazer fans can rest easy knowing Alabama’s Class 6A Player of the Year will still be on UAB’s roster next season.
Garrison Brooks 6-foot-9, 215 pound power forward from Auburn High in Lafayette, AL
Averaged 14.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, & 3.7 blocks per game
UAB Head Coach Robert Ehsan and Associate Head Coach Turner Battle had an in-home visit with Brooks this past weekend. This was only one of many recent in-home visits for Brooks as Mississippi State Head Coach Ben Howland stopped by Brook’s home on Friday evening while Avery Johnson (UA) and Mark Fox (UGA) visited him on Thursday.
Brooks existing relationship with Coach Ehsan keeps the Blazers well in the running to land the talented big man next fall. In a Rivals article written by Dan McDonald, Brooks had the following to say about UAB: “It’s been really good with them. I really liked coach Ehsan a lot when he was an assistant. They have been one of the schools that has been there since Day 1.” The full article can be found here.
Lastly, Brooks was recently named to the Alabama North-South All-Star Game.
Peyton Broughton (New Prospect) 6-foot-5, 175 pound shooting guard from North Laurel High in London, KY.
Broughton has offers from UAB, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Clemson, Wright State, Miami (OH), Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee Tech, Samford, Lehigh, and Toledo. Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Stanford, and South Alabama are all showing him interest. Broughton unofficially visited UAB and Clemson in the fall and both schools remain high on his list. Information courtesy of Hoop Seen’s Garrett Tucker. His full article on Broughton can be seen here.
Herb Jones 6-foot-5, 175 pound point guard from Hale County High in Moundville, AL
Averaged 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, & 2.6 assists per game
Jones was recently named to the Alabama North-South All-Star Game. Most scouts are now listing Jones at an impressive 6-foot-7.
John Mason (New Prospect) 6-foot-7, 200 pound shooting guard from Avon Park High in Avon Park, FL
As of last month, UAB, Murray State, Richmond, and Southern Miss were some of the schools targeting Mason. Highlights
J.P. Moorman (New Prospect) 6-foot-7, 205 pound small forward from Greensboro Day School in Greensboro, NC
Moorman received his 12th Division 1 offer from UAB last Thursday. His recruiting has skyrocketed in the last year and his highlights help explain why.
Anthony Polite; 6-foot-6, 210 pound shooting guard from St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL
Averaged 22 points, 8 rebounds, & 3 assists per game
UAB, Alabama, and Florida State are the schools who are recruiting him the hardest. Polite is coming off a 23 point performance on Sunday for his AAU team – the Florida Vipers.
Tyler Polley 6-foot-7, 190 pound power forward from Sagemont in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Picked up a UCF offer last week.
Alex Reese 6-foot-9, 225 pound power forward from Pelham High in Birmingham, AL
Averaged 25.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, & 1 block per game
On the first day of travel ball this spring, Reese racked up 17 points, 17 rebounds, and 4 assists for Team Carrol, which is owned by NBA player – DeMarre Carroll. He is another player who was recently named to the Alabama North-South All-Star Game.
DeAndre Robinson 6-foot-6, 207 pound small forward from Monroe County High in Monroeville, AL
Averaged 12.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, & 3.7 assists per game
Robinson was recently named to the Alabama North-South All-Star Game. He is a player whom I expect to turn a lot of heads this summer in route to picking up a few more Division 1 scholarship offers.
Terryonte Thomas 6-foot-4, 205 pound shooting guard from New Hope High in Columbus, MS
South Alabama has made Thomas their number one priority, while Iowa State continues to keep tabs on him. Has has recently went on unofficial visits to both South Alabama and Southern Miss.
Isaac Chatman 6-foot-6, 175 pound shooting guard from Cordova High in Cordova, AL
Chatman was the first UAB recruit that former UAB Head Coach Jerod Haase targeted after accepting the Stanford job.
Trey Jemison 6-foot-10, 220 pound center from Homewood High in Homewood, AL
Jemison picked up an offer from Auburn over the weekend while on an unofficial visit. He now holds offers from UAB, Auburn, and Samford. His stock should continue to rise now that he has received his first SEC offer. Look for a big summer on the AAU circuit from the talented big man from Homewood, AL.
Myreon Jones Jr. 6-foot-3, 155 pound point guard from Huffman High in Birmingham, AL
Jones’ junior season resulted in him being named to the All-Birmingham Second Team and Third Team All-State.
Zach Scott, Jr. 6-foot-4, 185 pound point guard from Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Harvard has been in contact with him as of late, and Jacksonville University offered him back in March.
Diante Wood (New Prospect) 6-foot-5, 180 pound shooting guard from Sacred Heart in McClellan, AL
Averaged 21 points & 12 rebounds per game
Wood – who already holds offers from UAB, New Mexico State, Samford, and Auburn – is still a long way from making a decision on where he’ll be attending college. With that being said, it’s never too early to look at a player on the rise.
Wood has already led his team to back-to-back 1A state championships and will be a big time target for all in-state schools for the foreseeable future.
Kira Lewis 6-foot, 130 pound point guard from Hazel Green High in Huntsville, AL
@BAMAMIXTAPE on Twitter had the following to say on April 3rd, “2019 Kira Lewis – Hazel Green (AL) shot the skin off the ball for the Alabama Challenge 16U. When he turned his motor on he was a problem.” Lewis was recently named Honorable Mention for the 2016 Super State Basketball Team.