Blue chip basketball recruit Devonta Pollard, a five-star McDonald's All-American forward from Mississippi, has announced that he will head to Alabama to play college basketball for the Crimson Tide. Pollard made his announcement on Friday evening at a press conference held at his school, where he laid out shirts and hats for the Missouri Tigers, Georgetown Hoyas, LSU Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Texas Longhorns.
Pollard arrived at his decision after taking several weeks to re-evaluate his options following Hoyas assistant coach Rob Kirby -- the point man on his recruitment -- left Washington DC to take a job at LSU. Although he foud compelling reasons to favor each school, in the end the Porterville, Mississippi product was pulled most heavily by the desire to play close to his hometown and family. Although Alabama basketball has struggled to produce consistent Tournament-caliber teams, Pollard will get a chane to shine as a difference-maker and standout star.
For Rick Barnes and Texas, tonight marks the end of a frustrating and disappointing close to the 2012 recruiting season, missing out on Jordan Clarkson when Tulsa blocked him from transferring to Austin, and now Pollard, who elects to stay home. On the bright side, both players would have been a cherry on top, and the Longhorns 2012 recruiting class remains one of the top five in the country.
Best of luck to Devonta Pollard and congrats to Alabama.