Five-star SG John Petty picks Alabama over Kentucky

Five-star SG John Petty picks Alabama over Kentucky

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Five-star SG John Petty picks Alabama over Kentucky

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John Petty is headed to Alabama. (Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike).

John Petty is headed to Alabama. (Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike).

Mae Jemison (Huntsville, Ala.) shooting guard John Petty ended his recruitment at halftime of the Jaguars game Thursday night opting to state in-state and Roll with the Tide.

Petty, who is ranked No. 25 overall in the ESPN 100, picked Alabama over Kentucky.

Petty presented his mother with a vase of flowers and then reached into the vase and pulled out an Alabama hat.

“Great people, great coaches and great players,” he said. “It was a hard choice. My mom and I prayed about it.”

The announcement was made at halftime of the first game in Jemison history after the name of the school was changed from J.O. Johnson with the move to a new facility.

Last season, Petty averaged 19.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals and led the Jaguars to their second consecutive 5A state championship and subsequently took home Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year honors.

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This past summer, he pumped in 14 points and five rebounds a game to help Team Penny (Tenn.) reach the Final Four of the prestigious Nike Peach Jam.

Petty is Alabama’s fifth commitment from the 2017 class joining Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.) guard Collin Sexton, Pelham (Pelham, Ala.) forward Alex Reese, Hale County (Moundville, Ala.) guard Herb Jones and Clinton (Clinton, Miss.) center Galin Smith.

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