If there were concerns that the evolving scandal centered around Adidas and college basketball assistant coaches would have a dampening effect on the recruiting efforts of the implicated schools, Alabama is moving quickly to assure that won’t be the case.
On Monday, four-star Class of 2019 point guard prospect Jared Butler committed to Alabama. The 6-foot-2 Riverside Academy (La.) product chose Alabama ahead of scholarship offers from seven other top programs including Baylor, Texas, Virginia, Wichita State and USC.
Butler is considered one of the top 15 point guards in the senior class, and his pledge likely speaks to Alabama’s expectation that current Alabama freshman Collin Sexton will declare for the NBA Draft after just a single season in Tuscaloosa.
“I’m headed to the University of Alabama and I picked them because I talk to God a lot and my family a lot and we’ve spent months and days talking and it seemed like the best situation and the best people,” Butler told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. “I love them a lot and they love me.
“It didn’t really hit me quick, but over some days and I was talking about it and every time I talked about Alabama and another school, I just felt like I couldn’t go wrong going to ‘Bama. It just felt right. It just felt like I couldn’t go to any other school.”
Butler is the first commit in Alabama’s basketball Class of 2018.