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Pollard an important pickup for Alabama

6/1/2012

In a year that was very quiet for Alabama on the recruiting trail (zero players signed) the Crimson Tide finished with a bang. McDonald’s All-American small forward Devonta Pollard (DeKalb, Miss./Kemper County) -- who was the highest-rated unsigned player in the 2012 class -- decided that after a long courting process, Alabama was the best fit over Texas, Missouri and Georgetown.

This was huge news for Alabama as the versatile, 6-foot-7 wing can play multiple positions and is a great fit for coach Anthony Grant’s program. Pollard, No. 28 in the 2012 ESPN 100, is an ambidextrous athlete who can score inside and out and will provide much-needed help in filling the scoring and rebounding void left by departing senior JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell, whom the Tide parted ways with.

Although Alabama has enjoyed excellent recruiting success under Grant, who enters his fourth year in Tuscaloosa, Pollard was an important pickup for the Crimson Tide. Not only does he give Alabama an elite player who can compete with the best in the SEC, but he sends the message to other recruits that Alabama is an option for McDonald's All-Americans.

Grant will be able to plug Pollard into the lineup as a small or power forward, but will most likely play with two wings and utilize Pollard’s multi-talented skills to force matchup problems for their opponent's 4-men. He joins a very talented corps of sophomores and juniors that should be in great position to make it back to the NCAA tournament for a deeper run.

No one will ever be able to accuse Pollard of making a rash decision in his final college choice, but I am sure that the soft-spoken Mississippian is excited to get on campus and show the Tide faithful that their future star was well worth the wait.