Friday, June 01, 2012

Devonta Pollard Chooses Alabama

The Alabama coaching staff scored a huge victory today by signing Devonta Pollard, a top-25 rated player from Mississippi. Pollard was Mr. Basketball in Mississippi and was also selected to the coveted McDonald's All-American team. The final schools in the mix were Missouri, Texas, Georgetown and LSU who made a late run at Pollard.

Admittedly, when I heard that LSU was in the final mix of schools, I felt that Pollard would sign with the Tigers due to the presence of assistant coach, Robert Kirby, who has been recruiting Pollard for several years. I am happy to be wrong in this instance.

Pollard should be able to provide an immediate impact to the team due to his versatility. Like Tony Mitchell before him, Pollard is a dynamite athlete who knows how to finish in the open floor and, like Tony, he also has the ability at 6'7, 200 lbs to play around the rim. With some question marks facing Alabama in the frontcourt next season, Pollard's ability to finish and defend around the rim will be welcomed.

Depending how things shake out, Pollard has the talent to be a starter in his first season. It will be interesting to see how Bama chooses to play him. He's a natural small forward, but Bama may choose to play smaller and play him at the 4 as they did with Tony Mitchell and sometimes Rodney Cooper this past season. Assuming the perimeter game improves and guys like Jacobs, Gueye and Engstrom continue to improve, Bama should be just fine next season.

9 comments:

Hville said...

:D
:D
:D

Roll Tide!!!!!!!

Eamon said...

Huge huge huge huge commitment.

Alias said...

Congratulations to Coach Grant and the staff. People wondered what we would do if they could not persuade Pollared to come to Tuscaloosa. Now it looks like we won't have to worry about that.

bamalib said...

WHAT A GREAT CRIMSON TIDE DAY !

BAMA Men's Golf reaches the National Semifinals / "Final 4" by defeating Kent State and advancing to challenge California next.

The news breaks that the Crimson Tide Family welcomes Devonta Pollard (which I learned through ESPN during the Bama softball game). It was very exciting to learn of this ! ! !

and BAMA Softball also reaches the National Semifinals / "Final 4" by defeating Arizona State, 2-1, and advancing to play the survivor of the losers' elimination bracket containing Tennessee, Oregon, and California. (Have you seen these girls dancing and performing in their 3 YouTube Videos?.. I'm hooked!)

MAY THE HARD-EARNED SUCCESS CONTINUE, BAMA ! ! ROLL TIDE ROLL!

39 Steps said...

(exhales)

MSmilie said...

Lib: What is your daily intake of caffeine?

finebammer said...

39: COTT. (comment of the thread)

congrats.

"I feel like we're going to be good enough to be in the Final Four for the next however many years. I'm looking forward to the challenge."

well, it seem mr. pollard's expectations tower over even mine.

welcome to the Capstone, devonta.

alabamalib said...

It's pure Crimson in my blood.. not caffeine !

I'm really proud of Bama this year. 2 SEC Championships and 3 National Championships in 5 different sports.

Our Crimson Tide men's golf team did defeat California to advance to the National Championship round, and challenged #1-seeded Texas down to the last man near the last hole, but finished as the national runner-up.

But how about our Bama Softball Team ! Tune in to ESPN2 on Monday night and Tuesday night for the Championship Series against another team from California..(although they call themselves "Sooners").

Back to Bama Basketball.... Who is our next Hope as a signee for 2012, besides Montrezl Harrell ?

finebammer said...

http://www2.wjtv.com/sports/2012/jun/03/headed-alabama-devonta-pollard-story-ar-3905417/

derrick mckey being true to his school.

roll tide, derrick!