Coach Nate Oats and Bryan Hodgson reeled in their guy in Charles Bediako. Bediako is ranked as a four-star and the 26th ranked player in the country by the 247sports composite rankings. It has been no secret in recruiting that Bediako was one of the top targets for the Tide since Oats and Hodgson arrived at Alabama. Bediako is a Canada-born prospect who plays for IMG Academy’s Post-Grad team. Bediako played previously at ISA Andrews Osborne (OH) with Alabama freshman Keon Ambrose-Hylton. He has also played AAU and FIBA basketball for Canada with Alabama freshman Joshua Primo as well. The connections between Alabama and Bediako have been strong from the jump, and ultimately played a big part in his decision as he has decided to spend his college career in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama is getting a long center who brings value in several areas. Defensively, he brings an unbelievable amount of value and should make an impact from day one. Bediako is a great rim protector with his length and athleticism. After losing Donta Hall, Alabama has lacked a true rim protecting presence. Jordan Bruner, when healthy, did a good job at making looks around the rim tougher, but he could only do so much. Bediako joins Alex Tchikou in a front court loaded with length. Alabama is coming off a season where it had the 3rd ranked defense per KenPom’s efficiency metrics. Alabama did that without a true rim protector in the middle, so Bediako has a chance to add the most value on this end of the floor and make Alabama an even better all-around defense.
Bediako is currently a bit better with his back to the basket, but he will still add value to the offense early on in his career. With his length, he should provide Alabama with a big who should replace some of what they lose on the offensive glass that a healthy Jordan Bruner and Herb Jones provided. Bediako will also get plenty of looks in the dunker’s spot in the offense. He has an improving jump shot and this could continue to develop at Alabama to add another element to his offensive game. He is a player who could add real value in the pick and roll as the roll man with good playmakers like Jahvon Quinerly and JD Davison attacking the rim. While he is not the most polished player on the offensive end, there is no doubt that he can make an impact. If there is any staff than can develop him to his full potential, the Alabama staff would be the one.
Bediako has an extremely high ceiling, and he is just getting started. He still has to improve his footwork down low as well as keeping his body wide rather than getting narrow when absorbing contact. These are things that will continue to improve as he grows in Alabama's system. A big factor in his development will be adding weight to his frame which should not be too difficult in a college weight program, and getting in even better condition will unlock new elements to his game on both ends of the floor. Adding strength will allow him to push guys out of the paint defensively, which makes him an even tougher matchup to go up against, and adding weight will allow him to easily move defenders on the offensive end and staying wide when contact comes. His footwork improving will allow him to score more consistently and efficiently on post touches, but will also allow him to improve defensively when guarding pick-and-roll scenarios that cause switches or hedges. All-in-all, this is a massive pickup for Alabama, and Bediako has the potential to be an NBA level player with continued development. He has a glass ceiling that he is just waiting to burst through, and the Alabama staff has a great opportunity to take him to the next level. Bediako joins JD Davison, Langston Wilson, and Jusaun Holt as Alabama adds on to what should be a monster class. The addition of Bediako now puts the Tide at 3rd overall per the 247 Composite class rankings. The Alabama staff has been hot on the recruiting trail, and Bediako only adds to the hot streak that does not seem to be coming to an end any time soon.
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