Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Big Cat Barber to visit Bama this weekend.

Anthony "Cat" Barber will be in Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit this weekend.  He is rated a 5 star recruit by Rivals, and is a consensus top 5 point guard in the nation for the 2013 class.  He's 6'2, 165 lbs out of Hampton, VA.  Our main competition right now is Kansas.  Things sound very good just judging by the interview below.  In fact, he doesn't rule out the possibility of committing this weekend!  To pull this caliber of player from so far out of state could be one of the biggest recruiting victories in Alabama basketball history.

I am excited about this upcoming season, but especially if we can land this Cat, 2013-2014 is shaping up to be a potentially epic season.  Assuming everyone sticks around and continues to progress, we could have a senior PG in Releford, backed up by one of the best freshmen in the country.  Pollard will have a year of experience and be a sophomore.  Lacey, Randolph, Cooper as Juniors on the wing, plus an experienced Nick Jacobs to go along with Pollard and freshman Shannon Hale down low.  If the Swede and Gueye can continue to develop, even better.  That is some serious talent, depth, and experience.

10 comments:

MSmilie said...

Don't forget Jimmie Taylor in the middle. Yes, 2013-14 is shaping up to be a great year if things fall into place.

Don't get me wrong, I think we can be strong in 2012-13. But the collection of talent and experience that could be on hand in 2013-14 will be as good as it's been in some time. I can't remember a time when there's been as much positive feeling around the Alabama athletic program as a whole as there is right now.

Landing Barber will certainly add to that good feeling. Obviously, going toe to toe with Kansas for a recruit is daunting, but the kid sounds like he's built a good relationship with Grant. Hoping for the best there.

Anonymous said...

BIANCARDI at the end!

Alias said...

Here's hoping that Mr. Paul is an Anthony Grant fan.

Alex said...

Yep, I'll agree with the original post here. The 2013-14 season really could be the best season in the programs history. We will have an incredible collection of talent and depth as long as Pollard isn't a 1 and done. My main concern is Grant leaving for an elite job after this year(uconn?).

MSmilie said...

All indications are that current assistant Kevin Ollie will be hired as the new coach at Uconn once Calhoun retires (he's got two years left on his contract, which I imagine, if his health allows him to, he will fulfill those two years)

Perhaps I'm naive but I think Grant wants to build his own legacy at a place that doesn't have one (Yes, I know Bama hoops has a better history than most people give it credit for....but, come on, in the grand history of college basketball, Bama has some climbing to do). As long as the people in charge get serious about facility upgrades, then I think Grant will be happy to be here for a spell. Ultimately, as long as Grant leaves the program in better shape than he found it, I won't have a problem if he decides to go elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Did Cat like the Capstone?

Anonymous said...

Good-bye Jaren Sina (Northwestern) ! Come on, Cat Barber !

BamaLiberal said...

Jajuan Johnson, (2013 SG, 6'05", 190) visited Tuscaloosa recently, met with Coach Anthony Grant and the coaching staff, and told ESPN that he really enjoyed his visit at the Capstone and indicated that the experience increased his regard for the University of Alabama. As a 4-star basketball recruit, he is rated #54 in the USA by ESPN and #45 by Yahoo Sports.

Anonymous said...

Seems like the University of Kansas has a climate of trouble and corruption!

Anonymous said...

http://isportsweb.com/2012/07/17/north-carolina-basketball-the-troy-williams-saga-takes-another-turn/