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Key commitment for Alabama hoops

The Alabama Crimson Tide landed an important verbal pledge on Tuesday, the day before the start of the men’s college basketball regular signing period. Barton CC (KS) shooting guard Algie Key made a pledge, according to news reported by Evan Daniels of Key is a native of Georgia originally that will have two years of eligibility at Alabama.

Key had a strong season this year in the tough two-year circuit in Kansas, averaging 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game. He is considered one of the elite junior college transfers nationally, as named the No. 12 recruit overall.

The stats for Key’s sophomore year at Barton CC indicate he’s not a long-range shooter, as he attempted just 34 3-point shots in as many games this year. The rest of his stat line was extremely promising, though, as he was solid from the field and a better than 70% free throw shooter. The sophomore year was more of the same from Key’s freshman year, as he was selected as a freshman player of the year based on his initial campaign.

The news of Key’s commitment comes just two days after the Crimson Tide landed a lauded transfer point guard, Ricky Tarrant of Tulane. Tarrant had two very strong seasons at Tulane, but will sit out next year. Key and Tarrant could team together for a season.

The Crimson Tide previously signed power forward Shannon Hale and in-state center Jimmie Taylor. Hale is more ready to contribute with polished frontcourt skills, while Taylor will likely need additional seasoning. Adding Key and Tarrant to the mix means coach Anthony Grant and his staff have another solid infusion of talent.

Alabama is also still in the mix, though not a frontrunner, for New Jersey lead guard Jaren Sina, who was previously pledged to both Alabama and the Northwestern Wildcats. Sina has yet to announce who will sign with.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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