2021 Recruiting: Guards Edition


We’re getting to one of the best times of the offseason: summer recruiting. Hopefully we will get so see some of the summer circuit later this year and really get to see who the Alabama staff is prioritizing. In this new way of recruiting during the pandemic, we have been able to see who Alabama has hosted on virtual visits and offered. During this, I have kept a list of players who it seems as if Alabama may pursue hard in the 2021 class— a class that could leave a huge mark on Alabama basketball’s future for Nate Oats. In this first article of a 3 part series, we look at some guards that Nate Oats and company have been linked to over the last couple of weeks and months.

Wesley Cardet

Profile: Wesley Cardet is a four-star, 6’5” combo guard from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is ranked 119th nationally per the 247sports Composite Rankings.

Breakdown: Cardet is one of the players I find to be more interesting in this class. Evaluators seem to find him polarizing as well which is shown by his composite ranking being much lower than his 247sports ranking which is 43rd nationally. Cardet’s a big guard who can play the one and two at a high major level in college. Cardet is really good around the rim and is a good athlete which helps him in getting by defenders and exploding once he’s there. He is also a solid facilitator when the defense collapses on his attacks. The jump shot could be sped up a bit and the handle on the ball could be tighter, but Cardet is a solid option at guard in this class.

What Cardet would bring to Alabama: Nate Oats loves big guards. Cardet would provide that. He has some polishing to do, but is an all-around solid player with great potential in the right system. The jump shot has continued to improve over the last few years which is encouraging for his future growth. With his size and frame he has great defensive upside that could cause problems for opposing guards. His size and athleticism would provide Alabama with a solid rotation guard who can attack the rim, facilitate, and finish. Cardet is being heavily pursued by Kansas State and holds offers from Baylor, Maryland, North Carolina State, and VCU as well. Cardet may not be the Tide’s top options, but he is a name to watch and see if the Tide begins to push harder later in the recruiting cycle.

Tamar Bates

Profile: Tamar Bates is a four-star, 6’4” combo guard from Kansas City, Kansas. He is ranked 96th nationally per the 247sports Composite Rankings.

Breakdown: Tamar Bates is one of the Tide’s most recent offers. He landed an Alabama offer this month. Bates announced earlier this month that he would play his senior season at IMG Academy which should spice up his recruitment nationally. Bates is a lefty with an extremely smooth jump stroke that he can use off the catch and off the bounce. He is a marksman from three and can finish in traffic as well. One of my favorite things I’ve seen from Bates is how he disrupts opposing offenses when he’s on defense. Given his long frame he has great upside as a defender as he gains weight and continues to polish his game. With his speed and length, he does a great job jumping passing lanes to create easy transition dunks. He is very fundamentally sound and does little things the right way.

What Bates would bring to Alabama: Bates would provide Alabama with a bigger combo guard who has a knack for scoring. He’d bring a killer mentality to hit shots when needed, get stops when needed, and push the pace. He’s a type of recruit that is undervalued nationally but will make an impact by doing all the little things. He has great potential to become a great college guard on both ends with more development and continued hard work in college. Bates is also being recruited by Kansas, Creighton, and has interest from Michigan, Oregon, and Iowa State. Bates is one of many solid scoring guard options that the Tide has begun to take interest in.

Dallan “Deebo” Coleman

Profile: Deebo Coleman is a four-star, 6’6” guard from Callahan, FL. He is ranked 48th nationally per 247sports Composite Rankings.

Breakdown: Dallan “Deebo” Coleman is a player that Nate Oats and Charlie Henry have been recruiting hard since last summer and is a fundamental, polished shooting guard from Florida. He is one of the more well-rounded guards in this class on both ends. Coleman is a great shooter who can light it up from threeoff the catch or dribble with no problems. He is a matchup nightmare for opposing teams with his 6’6” body and thick frame. He has a solid handle on the ball and can blow by bigger defenders, stop on a dime and shoot from anywhere, and finish well at the rim. He can use his height and strength to his advantage with smaller defenders on him as well. He is a great and willing passer as well. There’s not a lot of high school kids who enjoy setting up their teammates when they know they are a great scorer themselves. Coleman is a solid facilitator which will help him contribute from day one wherever he ends up. He is best known for his shooting, but what makes him a great player along with this is his extremely high IQ and hard work on the defensive end. He has great vision and makes the right play, whether it be a shot or pass, almost every play and sees the game in slow motion. He isn’t an explosive athlete, so this is an important trait to have. Coleman is a bigger guard and causes many issues on the defensive end. He plays hard and can defend a variety of players with his height and frame. His versatility makes him a truly intriguing prospect.

What Coleman would bring to Alabama: Coleman would provide Alabama with a player who can play the 1, 2, and 3 with no issues. He is a versatile defender and offensive player who could make a solid impact as a freshman. Not only does Nate Oats love big guards, but he loves players who can do a little bit of everything. That describes Deebo Coleman perfectly. He’s a big guard who is a great shooter, good passer, good rebounder, and good defender. His high IQ and elite shooting is much to be desired and would likely have him as a fan favorite for the Tide with the way he plays the game. His work ethic reminds me of Jaden Shackelford who is known for his elite jump shot and never taking a day off. He’s the type of player every program needs more of. Coleman told me in an interview this past January ( that Alabama, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Louisville, and Memphis have been prioritizing him. He has unofficially visited campus twice and told me in January he had planned to try and take an official visit sometime this spring. Coleman is a name to watch over the summer and fall to see if Alabama continues to recruit Coleman hard and if they do indeed land an official visit.

JD Davison

Profile: JD Davison is a five-star, 6’3” point guard from Letohatchee, Alabama. He is ranked 19th nationally per the 247sports Composite Rankings.

Breakdown: JD Davison is one of the most athletic guard prospects I’ve seen in quite some time. He is one of the most exciting high school players in the country due to his many viral in game dunks. Davison is one of the, if not the most, athletic players in the class and can jump with anyone. He has great speed and gets to the rim at will. He is also one of the better passers in the class and is extremely unselfish. He has no issue setting up other players. With the way he attacks the rim, he will have many opportunities to set up shooters at the college level. JD has the defensive upside to be an elite on ball stopper and a pest off the ball. He can jump passing lanes to create highlight reel transition dunks and he can chase down players in transition to get great block opportunities. His jump shot has continued to improve over the years and with the right continued development in college Davison should be an NBA player. He will provide a college with an elite athlete, finisher, and passer. He has a good work ethic to continue to round out his game and should be an impact player from day one.

What Davison would bring to Alabama: JD Davison is a household name for Alabama basketball fans and is the top priority recruit in this class. He would bring Alabama an elite guard who would fit Coach Oats’ scheme perfectly. He would bring someone who has an elite ability to get to the rim and finish. With shooters around him like Alabama could provide, Davison would have plenty of opportunities to dish it out and rack up assists if defenses collapse on his attacks. His unselfishness fits exactly what Alabama is looking for in a guard for this 2021 class: someone who can score at will but make the smart passes when needed. As stated above, Davison’s jump shot has continued to improve over time which he showed in the state championship game on his game winning three point shot. Oats and Coach Henry could help continue to develop his jumper and turn him into even more of a threat offensively. He would also bring Alabama a player that could be a defensive stopper and create matchup issues on both ends of the floor. Landing Davison is very important for the 2021 class. That isn’t to say that missing on him would lead to a disaster of a class, but it would make it a little less exciting to see the top player in the state go elsewhere. Kansas and Arkansas recently offered Davison. Alabama, Memphis, Auburn, Ole Miss, and Western Kentucky have all been recruiting Davison extremely hard and have made him a top priority. Alabama has positioned themselves great with Davison and Nate Oats has made it known that he is the number one priority for the Tide. Davison officially visited Alabama in the fall and has taken numerous unofficial visits over the years. One last thing to note on the impact JD Davison could have for Alabama: he would help substantially with recruiting. Nate Oats and Bryan Hodgson showed in the 2020 class that they can get it done on the recruiting trail, butlanding their second five-star in their second class at Alabama would be massive. With JD being one of the most exciting prospects in the class, having him on board could help land other priority recruits in the class and make Alabama an even more attractive destination. Davison is a name to keep an eye on over the coming months. He has not laid out any time table for an official cut list or decision.

Give your thoughts in the comments on 2021 guards you’d like to see where crimson and white on the collegiate level. If there are any names I may not have included that you’d like to hear more about comment them below and I can give a breakdown in response. Next up: 2021 Prospects Wing Edition.

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