Alabama secures its second commitment of the week with one of the top Junior College products in the country Langston Wilson of Georgia Highlands College. 247sports has Wilson rated as the sixth overall JUCO prospect. Wilson chooses the Crimson Tide over impressive offers from other programs such as Kansas, Maryland, Memphis, Ole Miss, West Virginia, and many others. In his freshman year, Wilson averaged 10 points per game on 54% from the field, 30.8% from 3-point range, 7.6 rebounds per game, and 1.2 blocks per game. Look for these numbers to only improve in a sophomore campaign that should lead to more minutes, starts, and opportunities to make plays.
Wilson is a unique player who is going to fit well in Nate Oats’ system. The 6’9” forward is one of the most athletic players I have watched film on not only in this recruiting cycle but in quite some time. The first time I watched Wilson the first name that came to mind was Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat who Wilson tells me he models his game after. He is an extremely long forward who can defend multiple positions and make energizing plays above the rim. While I still like this comparison, there is so much more to his game than just someone who can throw down flashy dunks as fun as that is. Wilson has the potential to grow as a shooter and even more as a defender. Wilson has the potential, length, and versatility to guard multiple positions, switch on screens, and protect the rim with his length and freakish athleticism. With his length and athleticism, he will have an impact rebounding the ball as well – on both sides. Over his 32 games this past season, he averaged just under 3 offensive boards per game. This is an area where Wilson could have an instant impact for the Tide. Wilson also has good enough ball control to make a move from the perimeter to get to the rim and make a play with slower defenders on him. This creates mismatch opportunities when bigger, slower players are defending him. As stated, Wilson is still a Derrick Jones Jr. type of athlete who will have plenty of opportunities to make highlight plays in transition as well. He is a player who can have a SportsCenter Top 10 slam whether it be in transition or in the half-court. Nate Oats has stated he likes his centers to be stretch fives or Capela type big men. Alabama fans have wondered what Donta Hall may have looked like in Coach Oats’ system, and while Wilson is a different player than Hall, he may give fans a glimpse of what could have been. Below are links to some of Wilson’s highlights if you are not already familiar with him.
As always, there are still ways to improve as a player. Wilson shot 30.8% from 3-point range last season on only a small sample size of 26 attempts. He also only shot 52.4% from the free-throw line last year. This is an area to monitor over this next season to see if volume increases and how efficiency looks with an increase. Wilson’s mechanics on his shot are good and can only get better. His length will allow him to shoot over most defenders as he continues to improve his outside touch. The ability to continue to grow as a shooter is what will maximize his offensive potential. If the jump shot never becomes a consistent threat, though, there is not a need to fear for Alabama fans. Wilson already has a solid offensive game that should be good to contribute to this fast-paced style of play that Alabama has become known for. As mentioned above, he has endless potential as a defender as well with his length and athleticism. With Alabama’s weight program, Wilson is bound to add some more muscle to his frame as well which only helps around the rim. All in all, there are areas for improvement, but this is a nice style fit and talent get for the Crimson Tide to join Jusaun Holt and JD Davison in starting out this 2021 class that has the potential to be special. With the addition of Wilson, Alabama's 2021 class now ranks 13th overall per the 247sports composite team rankings.
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