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2020 Recruiting: Wings Breakdown

This will be a three-part series in the breakdowns of recruits in the 2020 class Alabama is targeting. The recruiting groups will be broken-down by guards, wings and big men. We already broke down the guards, now we move on to the wing options.



Earl Timberlake

Profile: Timberlake is a four-star small forward rated as the No. 28 overall player and the sixth ranked small forward, per 247 composite rankings. Timberlake is a 6’6” forward from Hyattsville, Maryland. Timberlake attends DeMatha Catholic.

Breakdown: Timberlake is a freakish athlete. He has a strong frame as well which allows him to get to any spot on the floor that he desires. He is continuing to improve as a shooter which will only make him more of an offensive weapon. Timberlake will throw down rim-rocking dunks when given the open lane. Great rebounder for his size and position. His ability to switch positions on the defensive end makes him versatile which is a major plus. His strong frame allows him to guard bigger players and his quickness allows him to switch on other wings as well.

What Timberlake would bring to Alabama: I’m going to start by saying this: Timberlake is a five-star talent. If he isn’t given a fifth star in the next rankings update, then someone has messed up big time in their evaluations. Now to what Timberlake would bring to Alabama. Earl Timberlake would bring an explosive athlete who is a two-way player to the Tide. He can get to the lane and get a bucket as he pleases. He will bring great rebounding which is a major plus. If he continues to improve as an outside shooter, he will be a deadly offensive threat.

Alabama’s chances to land Timberlake: I like where Alabama stands with Timberlake right now. I expect Alabama will get an official visit in the fall. Alabama has made Timberlake a top priority in this class and their efforts have been noticed. A few other schools to watch with his recruitment are South Carolina, North Carolina and Providence.



Jay Scrubb

Profile: Scrubb is rated as the No. 1 overall JUCO prospect, per 247sports. Scrubb is a 6’6” wing from Louisville, Kentucky. He currently plays at John Logan College.

Breakdown: Scrubb is one of the most dynamic offensive prospects in this year’s class. He shot 46.4% on 110 three-point attempts last season. On top of that percentage, he averaged 19.5 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. Scrubb can knock down shots off the catch as well as create for himself. He is a volume scorer from all three levels.

What Scrubb would bring to Alabama: Scrubb would bring Alabama someone who can get a bucket anytime they need one. Bringing Alabama yet another shooter to thrive in Nate Oats’ offense would be something special to see. He is someone who will be able to knock down threes off the catch from a teammate penetrating the lane, he can attack a closeout and pull up from mid-range, and he can attack the rim and finish. Having Scrubb and Petty on the wings would be a dream for Alabama fans.

Alabama’s chances to land Scrubb: As awesome as this dream is, I think it will remain just a dream. Scrubb plans to test the NBA waters to see where he stands in the draft. I expect Scrubb to be a college basketball player next season, though. Alabama is still in the mix. Scrubb has taken an unofficial visit on August 1 to Louisville and has an official visit lined up with Cincinnati beginning on August 10. Nothing has been lined up with Alabama at this point, but that could eventually change.



Jalen Bridges

Profile: Bridges is a four-star small forward rated as the No. 83 overall player and the twentieth ranked small forward, per 247 composite rankings. Bridges is a 6’7” forward from Fairmont, West Virginia.

Breakdown: Long wing who can score in bunches. Good outside shooter who can also attack the basket. Has good size which allows him to crash the boards and allows him to be a switchable defender. Can play small forward or power forward which makes him a mismatch on the offensive end.

What Bridges would bring to Alabama: Bridges would bring a forward who is can put the ball in the basket when asked to do so. I think in Oats’ system he’d be more of a four than a three. He’d give Alabama a stretch four who can knock down three’s in the flow of the offense as well as attack closeouts and get to the rim. He’d bring rebounding and switchability on the defensive end which is an important trait to have.

Alabama’s chances to land Bridges: Bridges recently released his top 10 schools which included Alabama. He also stated he wants to set up an official visit and come see what Tuscaloosa has to offer. If he does come to campus, then Alabama has a shot to bring him in. With that said, I would be surprised if he ends up in Alabama's class.

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