- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant has made a habit of going after top prospects in the late signing period. Last year, he landed four-star guard Trevor Lacey and this year he’s going after another ESPNU 100 star, Devonta Pollard.
Over the weekend, Pollard took his official visit to Alabama, and although it was a trip he has made more than a dozen times, the Mississippi native still had a great time.
“I had a great visit to Alabama,” Pollard said. “On Friday, we had a fish fry for the baseball and softball games. Then we went to the little softball game and saw the girls play softball. From there, we went to the gym and played around.
“Saturday morning, we got up and went to Rama Jama’s and ate there. I talked to the nutritionist, the strength and conditioning guy, and I talked to the people who do the media.”
Not surprisingly, the person he spent the most time with over the weekend was Grant. The two have formed a close bond throughout his recruitment, and the third-year coach of the Tide reiterated to the 6-foot-7 forward how his skills fit perfectly with what the teams likes to do.
“What he said to me was basically how he thinks I’d fit in their offense as far as my style of play and their style of play, how I like to get up and down and play transition ball and how they like to play transition ball,” Pollard said. “They like to get up and down and run, and that’s where I think I’d feel comfortable playing. That’s where I think I’m at my best, when I’m getting up and down the court, running.”
There’s no doubt that Pollard, a McDonald’s All-American, has the talent and ability to make an early impact for Alabama, but it’s even more apparent now with the recent departures of Tony Mitchell and Charles Hankerson.
“They just said they feel like I could come in as a freshman and have a big impact on their team, and they would love to have me do that,” Pollard said.
With his visit to Tuscaloosa behind him, Pollard has now visited three of his four finalists: Alabama, Missouri and Texas.
However, he still wouldn’t tip his hat as to which school he was leaning to.
“They were all fun, and all of them treated me right,” Pollard said. “I felt like I could go to any of those schools and be able to play and be successful.”
Pollard is scheduled to visit Georgetown, his other finalist, at some point this weekend. He plans to make a decision shortly after he returns from his trip to Washington D.C., and the ESPN 100 star knows it won’t be an easy choice.
“All of the schools have what I’m looking for, and I feel I could go to all of them and play,” Pollard said. “So I think I’ll make my decision on where do I feel more comfortable, what system do I feel like I can go to and be more successful and where can I go and feel like I’m right at home.”
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