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Collin Sexton, John Petty and Alabama Begin Three-Game Canadian Tour

COLLIN SEXTON ALABAMA Photo | Brian Spurlock | USA TODAY Sports

The heralded freshman backcourt of five-star point guard Collin Sexton and four-star shooting guard John Petty will take the court tonight as Alabama plays their first of three games in Canada. Four-star forward Alex Reese out of Pelham, Alabama and three-stars Herb Jones and Galin Smith complete Alabama’s five man class.

Sexton — the number four player in the 247Sports 2017 Composite Player rankings — is the jewel of a class that ended the year ranked number 7 in the 247Sports Composite rankings. At 6-feet-2, 185 pounds, Sexton is a scoring machine blowing up on last Summer’s Nike EYBL circuit.

Sexton scored 40 in the second round of the state playoffs earlier this year. There was a 39 point outing against IMG Academy and the top ranked point guard in the class, Duke commit Trevon Duval. He had 11 three’s in a 53 point outage on senior night at Pebblebrook.

Alabama assistant Antoine Pettway was the lead recruit, following Sexton since the 2015 AAU season.

“Pettway followed him around that whole summer,” Pebblebrook head coach George Washington told AL.com. “If Collin was playing, you’d look up and see Pettway and Avery, even at (an under-16 AAU game). There’s not a lot of Division I coaches at the high-major level that go to 16U games, especially when the guy’s not even ranked. But I’d be there and would look up and you’d see Pettway and them over there smiling and pointing and saying, ‘That’s my guy. That’s my guy.'”

John Petty — the number thirty player and two time Mr. Basketball in Alabama — makes up the other half of potentially the best backcourt in the SEC. Petty chose the Crimson Tide over Kentucky. Kansas, UConn and Florida State were also part of his final five.

“I was the first person he (Avery Johnson) talked to when he got the job,” Petty told AL.com. “That meant a lot to me.”

The two are uniquely tied together due to the fact they committed to the Tide just hours apart on November 10 of 2016. Despite Sexton announcing first, Petty said that decision had no impact on where he would attend.

“I didn’t really know for sure that he was committing until a couple of hours ago and I had already made my mind up,” Petty said.

Alabama returns five of their six top scorers. Sophomore Braxton Key who led the Tide in scoring at 12.0 points per to go along with 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Expectations are high in Tuscaloosa. Johnson led the Tide to a 19-15 record during the 2016-17 season, finishing 10-8 in the SEC, good enough for sixth overall in a conference with five NCAA Tournament bids and a Final Four member in South Carolina.

Those expectations take the court tonight as Alabama plays the first of three scheduled games over six days in Canada. The Tide will take on McGill University in Montreal tonight. They will then travel to Ottawa for a matchup with Carleton University on the 9th and close out against the University of Ottawa on the 10th.

For Alabama fans and head coach Avery Johnson, anything short of an NCAA Tournament bid could be a let down for the best recruiting class in Alabama history.

SCHEDULE AND HOW TO WATCH:

  • Mon., August 7 | 7:00 pm ET | McGill University | WATCH HERE
  • Wed., August 9 | 7:00 pm ET | Carleton University | TBD
  • Thur., August 10 | 6:30 pm ET | University of Ottawa | WATCH HERE

 

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