Four-star shooting guard Jusaun Holt has announced his commitment to the University of Alabama over Georgia, Miami, Wake Forest, Washington, and Xavier. Many believed that it was going to be a battle to the end between Alabama and Xavier to land Holt’s commitment, and Alabama’s Antoine Pettway led the way to secure the first commitment of the Tide’s 2021 class. Holt is ranked 123rd nationally per the 247sports industry generated composite rankings but has been ranked as high as 102nd nationally on Rivals.com. Holt is someone who could see a rise in the next rankings update and it would not surprise anyone after his play this offseason. Holt is a player that fits Alabama head coach Nate Oats’ system seamlessly. High level shooter as he has shown this offseason, gives maximum effort each possession on both sides of the ball, can guard multiple positions, and has some untapped potential. Holt is a player that will add some weight once he gets into a college weight program, will improve technique defensively, tighten up his handle, and improve his shot making ability even further under Coach Oats and staff. He will continue to progress and should be a nice addition to the Alabama roster for the next few years.
What exactly will Holt bring to Alabama? He‘s the perfect fit in Nate Oats’ blue-collar system— the type to bring max effort on each possession game in, game out, and each practice. Every coach and scout I have spoken with on Holt raves on his effort. When changing the culture, as we saw with the additions in the 2020 class, it is important to bring in players who not only fit your scheme, but players who fit the culture you are building. Holt fits both extremely well. He will do all of the little things that are needed to win. Outside of just effort, Holt brings a player who can space the floor, play multiple positions, and hit shots in a variety of ways. Holt was recruited as a shooting guard but is capable of playing both forward positions in Alabama’s offense as he continues to grow as a player. He is a shot maker who can shoot from deep off the catch, create off the dribble from three-point range and mid-range, and finish around the rim. As mentioned above, he will continue to tighten up his handle which will only help when attacking the rim and creating shots for himself and others. With Holt being a 6’7” guard, it allows him to get his shot off over defenders at a consistent rate which helps with his shot creation potential as he tightens his handle and grows into himself as a player. He is already a very solid player and a nice addition to start the class, and projects to grow into a great contributor for the Tide over the next few years.
Upcoming Commitments From Alabama Targets
-Darius Johnson is an underrated, but high-level, target that is set to announce his college decision on October 1st. The four-star point guard out of Virginia is down to Alabama, Providence, and UCF. This is a name to track for Alabama fans. His father works at UCF and the Golden Knights are seen as the leader for that reason by some in recruiting circles.
-5-star point guard, and top priority, JD Davison will announce his college decision on October 31. Davison is down to six schools: Alabama, Auburn, Kansas, LSU, Memphis, and Michigan. This is expected to be a battle until the end between Alabama and Auburn with LSU as the dark horse. Auburn has a lot of buzz in some circles, while Alabama has kept a lot of buzz in circles as well. I’m not ready to make a prediction on this one quite yet, but Alabama is far from out of this recruitment and Davison is in no way a lock to Auburn like some may lead on. There is a lot of time from now and October 31 and all six teams have plenty of time to make pitches and have a chance to land Davison’s commitment, even though this is projected by many to be an in-state battle.
A Few Other Names To Watch:
-4-star center Charles Bediako from Canada is the most popular name for Alabama fans to track. Bediako played high school basketball with Alabama freshman Keon Ambrose-Hylton as well as AAU and international ball with Ambrose-Hylton and fellow freshman Joshua Primo. Coach Oats and Coach Bryan Hodgson has done a phenomenal job recruiting Canada thus far, and Alabama fans hope to see that trend continue in the 2021 cycle. Alabama has received buzz with Bediako for these reasons. Watch for Bediako to potentially cut his list again before making a decision.
-5-star forward Caleb Houstan out of Canada – where else would you expect? – is another name to track for Alabama fans. I say forward since that’s his technical position listed by recruiting services, but Houstan is a player who can play any position on the floor. He is an absolute sharpshooter who has great ball skills, can create for others, and is a high-level defender. When watching his film it is easy to see how he is a top ten player in the country. North Carolina and Duke have been seen by many as the potential landing spot for Houstan for whichever school does not land top recruit Patrick Baldwin, but Alabama, Oregon, Gonzaga, among others are involved with Houstan. I am in no way predicting Houstan to land at Alabama, but he is absolutely a name for Alabama fans to keep an eye on.
-4-star forward Alex Fudge recently cut his list to 10 in which Alabama was included. The recent buzz with Fudge is with LSU, but he does not seem to be in much of a rush with his recruitment. Fudge is a name for Alabama fans to continue to track.
-4-star guard Wesley Cardet has not yet cut his list, but Alabama’s staff has done a great job in this recruitment. There is still a long way to go with this one, but Cardet is a talented guard that all Alabama fans should keep an eye on whenever he decides to cut his list and eventually announce his decision. Alabama and Kansas State are two teams that have gotten buzz in this one.
-5-star big man Moussa Diabate has not yet cut his list either but is a player Alabama has been linked to for quite some time. Kentucky recently reached out and offered Diabate as well. Diabate is a high level shot blocker and two-way big man who fits Alabama’s system well. Diabate’s recruitment does not let much information out so it is near impossible to read what teams have a good chance in this one. Diabate is a name to continue to track.
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