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2020 5-star Josh Primo commits to Alabama

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2020 5-star, top 30 CG Josh Primo has committed to Alabama. The 6’6, 180lbs Toronto, Ontario native becomes the 2nd commitment in the Tide’s 2020 class, joining fellow Canadian and FIBA 19u teammate 4-star F Keon Ambrose-Hylton. Primo, who recently reclassified from the ‘21 class in February, was previously ranked as the 7th best SG and 47th best overall player in the country according to 247sports. Now a member of the ‘20 class, Primo cemented himself as a new 5-Star after a stellar performance at the Basketball Without Borders Camp— earning a ranking of 27th overall. Similar to Kira Lewis Jr. in 2018, Primo will step into the Crimson Tide program as one of the youngest players in College basketball at only 17 years old (12/24/02). The Canadian CG becomes Nate Oats’ first premier signee in Tuscaloosa and Alabama’s first 5-star HS recruit since Collin Sexton in 2017. 247sports’ Josh Gershon speaks on Primo’s game:

“Versatile guard who is more of a secondary ball handler right now but should be a playmaker who can score and create regardless of position. Has smooth stroke with ability to hit shots off the catch and pull from both midrange and three. Also has impressive touch on floater. Changes speeds well off bounce. High feel usually aids his shot selection; doesn't typically force too many bad shots. Combination of size, long/lean frame and feel give him potential as a multi-positional defender as he gets stronger. Has pretty safe floor to go with a very high upside given his potential on both sides of the court. High major starter with normal continued development.”


ESPN+’s Mike Schmitz evaluated Primo at the FIBA 19U championship, and had this to say about the new Alabama pledge:


“Primo has long arms, a stud frame and excellent overall agility. He plays with unwavering confidence and has a clear-cut skill as a spot shooter, cashing in 37.5% of his 3s with sound mechanics. Primo has also shown the ability to operate on the ball for stretches. Although a bit wild with the ball at times, he does have passing instincts, some untapped ball-screen game and the ability to shoot off movement. Developing at Huntington Prep, Primo figures to become a FIBA mainstay for Canada and has the tools of an eventual prospect of one-and-done caliber as long as he continues improving his decision-making.”


ESPN’s Jonathan Givony speaks on Primo’s performance at the recent Basketball Without Borders Camp:

“With a 6-foot-5 frame and long arms, Primo looked comfortable operating on and off the ball at the camp. Primo is extremely smooth and fluid while changing speeds, splitting ball screens and finishing with touch and creativity around the rim using either hand. He did a great job of getting teammates involved out of pick-and-roll, showing the ability to deliver accurate passes after drives or off a live dribble. He's a good shooter with his feet set, but particularly off the dribble. [...] He’ll be a first rounder in our next 2021 mock draft


What makes Primo’s commitment so important to the Tide? Crimson Crossover’s Matthew Landry breaks it down:


“Primo provides Alabama with another ball-handler and creator to go alongside Jahvon Quinerly and Jaden Shackelford, pending the possible departures of Kira Lewis Jr. and John Petty. Primo is a kid who can score at the rim/midrange and really, really shoot from 3pt range. Perfect for Nate Oats’ system. Additionally, his long frame will allow him to add weight and become a versatile wing. With hard work and development, the sky is truly the limit for Primo.”


Primo on his commitment to the Tide:

“With the events of the past couple weeks cutting short my high school basketball career, I feel that it is now time that I focus on the next chapter of my life. Through the work of God, I have been given the opportunity to live out a dream I've had since I was a kid. I would not be in this position without the help and support of many people. I want to thank my father, my brother and sister, and my step mother. Their sacrifice and support has helped me develop into the young man and basketball player I am today. I also want to thank all the coaches and teachers who pushed me to strive for excellence on and off the court. My mother would be proud of how far I have come, but I am far from done. I am grateful to all of the schools that have recruited me during this process, however it is time to make a decision. I'm excited to say that this fall, I will be attending the University of Alabama!! #RollTide



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