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What prospects has Alabama targeted in the 2022 recruiting class?

Alabama looks to replicate its Top 10 recruiting class from 2021, headlined by J.D. Davison and Charles Bediako. The Crimson Tide are in a position to attract top recruits due to its fast-paced, up-tempo system.


Coaches and recruits are now able to have face-to-face contact with the dead period coming to a close on June 1. Schools can host visits and camps for the first time since March 2020. This allows players to have a more traditional recruiting process.


Our inspiration for this article comes from Inside the Hall, the leading publisher for Indiana Basketball coverage. They have an annual recruiting board that includes prospects believed to be on the program’s radar.


You can click here to find a full version of the 2022 Alabama Recruiting Board. This spreadsheet will be updated throughout the recruiting cycle.


Now, let’s take a look at some recruits to know:


Scheduled visits:


Nick Smith Jr. — June 1

Kaleb Banks — June 3

Jaden Bradley — June 11-13




Jaden Bradley


Point Guard, 6-2, 178 pounds, Bradenton, Fla.

247Sports’ Composite Ranking: No. 9


Notes: Bradley is a skilled guard who understands how to lead an offense. He looks to set up opportunities for his teammates, but possesses some scoring qualities in the half-court. Bradley is expected to take an official visit to Alabama in June. He also plans to visit North Carolina, which is the presumed favorite at the moment.



Brandon Miller


Small Forward, 6-7, 200 pounds, Antioch, Tenn.

247Sports’ Composite Ranking: No. 13


Notes: Miller is regarded as one of the top forwards in the 2022 recruiting class. He garners notable interest from Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. Skyy Clark, a five-star Kentucky commit, is recruiting Miller to join him in Lexington. John Calipari and the Wildcats are the biggest competitors in this one.



Jalen Washington


Power Forward, 6-9, 210 pounds, Gary, Ind.

247Sports’ Composite Ranking: No. 19


Notes: Washington has remained a consensus Top-20 prospect due to his size and fluidity at the forward position. He is expected to visit North Carolina, Indiana and Stanford in the next month. Alabama also looks to get Washington on campus — nothing is confirmed at this point. He is a priority target for the Crimson Tide in the 2022 class.



Nick Smith Jr.


Shooting Guard, 6-4, 185 pounds, Sherwood, Ark.

247Sports’ Composite Ranking: No. 25


Notes: Smith Jr. is a premier shot creator with the ability to score from all three levels. Alabama was his first official visit on June 1 with Auburn and Kansas coming later this month. Family ties exist between the two parties as Smith’s lead recruiter, Antoine Pettway, coached Nick Smith Sr. at Jacksonville State from 2006-07. Duke and Kentucky are also prioritizing Smith.



Julian Phillips


Power Forward, 6-8, 200 pounds, Blythewood, S.C.

247Sports’ Composite Ranking: No. 27


Notes: Phillips is a twitchy athlete with great end-to-end speed. He can defend most forwards as a result of his length and defensive instincts. No college program stands out from the rest as Phillips' schedules visits to many programs over the next two months.



Jazian Gortman


Point Guard, 6-1, 155 pounds, Columbia, S.C.

247Sports’ Composite Ranking: No. 32


Notes: Gortman is a fast riser in the 2022 class, climbing 67 spots in the 247Sports’ ranking since October. He begins to amass blue-blood interest with Duke, Texas and Kansas viewing him as a priority. Gortman was offered by Alabama in April and plans to make a trip to Tuscaloosa soon.



Shaedon Sharpe


Shooting Guard, 6-4, 175 pounds, Glendale, Ariz.

247Sports’ Composite Ranking: No. 70


Notes: Sharpe is a high-flying swingman with the ability to create strong separation on pull-up jumpers. 247Sports’ analyst Travis Branham expects him to rise to five-star status at the next ranking update. Alabama holds Canadian ties to Sharpe as three of its players (Primo, Keon Ambrose-Hylton and Bediako) developed in the same AAU program. Although, Kentucky remains the clear frontrunner.



Rodney Rice


Shooting Guard, 6-4, 185 pounds, Clinton, Md.

247Sports’ Composite Ranking: No. 88


Notes: Rice is a skilled shot-maker who impacts the game in a multitude of facets. He possesses the ideal traits for a combo guard — size, movement/spot-up shooting and poise against ball pressure. Rice recently visited Virginia Tech, where his former high school coach, Mike Jones, was named an assistant coach. He also plans to visit Alabama and Louisville at some point in the future.



Kaleb Banks


Power Forward, 6-8, 215 pounds, Fayetteville, Ga.

247Sports’ Composite Ranking: No. 92


Notes: Banks is an explosive athlete with the ability to knock down shots from beyond the arc. He uses his physical tools as a rangy multi-position defender. Banks intends to visit Alabama, Indiana and Georgia Tech before announcing his college decision later this summer.


Other Names: Derrian Ford (G, No. 38), Barry Dunning (F, No. 43), JJ Starling (G, No. 54), Gregg Glenn (F, No. 75), Perry Smith (F, No. 137) and Chandler Jackson (G, No. 234)


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