This will be a three-part series on the breakdowns of recruits in the 2020 class Alabama is targeting. The recruiting groups will be broken-down by guards, wings and big men. First up will be the breakdown of three guard targets we are looking at.
**Note, Deivon Smith was cut from this list. He will be announcing his top 10 schools on Friday, August 2. If Alabama makes the cut I will post his breakdown. Smith has an official visit set with North Carolina State for the weekend of August 31.
Profile: Nix is a five-star point guard rated as the No. 15 overall player and the top point guard, per 247 composite rankings. Nix is a 6’5” point guard from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Breakdown: Nix is rated as the top point guard in the class for a reason. He is a pure point guard who takes facilitating to the next level. He’s a guy who takes pride in passing the ball and playing solid defense. Many scouts across the country consider him the best passer in the class. With a big frame, elite vision, and a high basketball IQ; he projects to be an elite point guard at the college basketball level. Nix is an improving shooter but still has a lot of room to grow in that aspect of his game. Where Nix gets his points is attacking the rim. With his big body and length, he can penetrate easily. Once he gets in the lane he’s hard to stop. Being a good finisher and decision maker, he can easily finish at the rim or kick out to an open shooter.
What Nix would bring to Alabama: He would bring a starting point guard from day one to replace Kira Lewis Jr. should he turn pro as we expect. Nix would be looked at as the man to run the offense from the time he steps on campus. Coach Nate Oats likes to play fast. His offense will flourish with multiple guards on the floor to push the pace, Nix would be a perfect guard to do that. His high IQ and playmaking ability would be fun to see in transition as well as a half court set. Oats has a lot of movement in his offensive sets which means having a high IQ point guard is important. He would be able to get easy looks at the rim as well as having shooters like John Petty, Jaden Shackelford, Alex Reese, and Jaylen Forbes on the perimeter. He would be an instant impact player from day one.
Alabama’s chances to land Nix: Alabama has a shot still. We are still waiting on Nix to cut his list and set visits. Until then, Alabama is in the mix. He keeps his recruitment quiet so it’s hard to know exactly where Alabama sits until he announces anything himself. I’ve heard speculation that Alabama will get a visit and will not get a visit. I’ve seen interviews where Nix lists Alabama as a place he wants to visit and interviews where he does not mention Alabama. We will have to wait and see. I don’t feel confident in us landing Nix as it seems like Kentucky is getting more involved, but if we can get him on campus for a visit anything is possible. UCLA, Kansas and Kentucky are three teams to watch with him.
Profile: Burnett is a 5-star combo guard rated as the No. 23 overall player and No. 5 combo guard, per 247 composite rankings. Burnett is a 6’3” guard originally from Chicago, Illinois. Nimari attends Prolific Prep in Napa, California.
Breakdown: Burnett is a player that does it all. Need a primary ball handler to set up your offense? He’s got you. Need a secondary, off-ball playmaker? He’s got you. Need someone to do the little things or knock down shots from distance? You get the point. He has good length which allows him to attack the basket with ease. Along with that, he has good vision which allows him to make plays for others when he attacks. Off the ball he can spot up and hit shots from deep. He is a volume scorer. He also does the little things that coaches love. He sets himself up nicely on the backside to steal rebounds when you don’t box out. He works hard on defense. He plays bigger than his listed height. Burnett projects to be a very talented college basketball player with NBA potential.
What Burnett would bring to Alabama: Burnett brings a replacement for Kira Lewis Jr. once he turns pro. Burnett has mentioned in several different interviews that the staff has pitched him on filling Kira’s shoes if he is to commit to Alabama. He will be a swiss army knife type of player who will score from all 3 levels, facilitate, rebound and defend. Burnett would thrive in Oats’ fast paced offense where he is able to flourish as a scorer and facilitator. He is the perfect fit in the Nate Oats offense.
Alabama’s chances with Burnett: I like where Alabama stands with Nimari Burnett. A visit is lined up to take place in September during the weekend of the Ole Miss football game. Having an official visit set is already a good start. Still a long way to go with his recruitment, but there is reason for optimism from Tide fans.
Profile: Jones is a three-star shooting guard rated as the No. 128 overall player and No. 28 shooting guard per 247 composite rankings. Smith is a 6’6” guard from Birmingham, Alabama.
Breakdown: Player who does it all. Solid catch and shoot player who can attack closeouts and finish at the rim. Plays extremely hard. Fights for every rebound and plays hard on the defensive end. Blew up this summer and is a fast-rising prospect.
What Jones would bring to Alabama: Jones would be a versatile guard/wing. I really prefer Jones as a wing but included him in this breakdown since he is listed as a two guard. Jones has good size as a two. He would bring spacing to the offense with his ability to knock down shots as well as attacking the basket. What I really like about Jones is his motor. He works harder than most other players on the floor. He hustles every play and will fight for the loose ball and rebound. That grit is something every team needs. Jones’s stock should rise to a four-star top 100 player when new rankings are released as he had one of the best stockrising summers of any player.
Alabama’s chances with Jones: I think we have a good shot with Jones. Alabama hosted Colby on an unofficial visit in June and have a good shot to land an official visit with him. He announced his top 7 on his Instagram and twitter pages which Alabama made the cut. Jones is the top player in the state, so it would be great to keep that kind of player at home.