Alabama Basketball Cracks Top-5 For Canadian Super Star
Could the Great White North be providing Nate Oats with another highly talented recruit? It sure seems like it.
Oats and his staff don't seem to be done adding talent. The Crimson Tide landed four-star small forward, Jusaun Holt as their first commitment in the 2021 class, and then added the No. 1 point guard in the country last week, with JD Davidson.
On top of all of that, Alabama has officially cracked the top-five teams for Charles Bediako.
Other teams competing for one of the nation’s top player’s include; Duke, Michigan, Ohio State and Texas.
The 6-foot-11 215lb center is ranked as the No. 23 overall player in the 2021 24/7CompositeRankings out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
The 24/7 evaluation of Bediako is this:
"Mobile center with good size, long arms and budding athleticism. Very physically immature with a frame that should eventually carry a lot more weight. On path to be high major starter with professional upside depending on skill development."
Duke who is usually a powerhouse in recruitment battles, is rumored to be potentially out of play for Bediako.
They added a center to their 2021 class back in August when they picked up Paolo Banchero, the No. 3 overall player in the country. Coach Krzyzewski could still add another big man to provide depth, but it just seems unlikely given other holes that needed to be filled.
That does however, still still leave three other teams.
With the momentum that Alabama has had in the last year, I don't think Bediako would choose Texas, but they do have a storied success with centers in the program. Most recently, Mo Bamba averaged 12.9 points per game in his short time in Austin.
Ohio State and Michigan are also tough to beat out because of their overall track record, but as of right now, Alabama is considered to have the highest chance to land him out of the five teams.
If Bama can land Bediako he would become the third Canadian player on the roster, joining shooting guard, Josh Primo and power forward, Keon Ambrose- Hylton.