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Alabama is more than just a football state

4/26/2012

There is a great crop of young basketball players in the next few recruiting classes from the state of Alabama.

Players like C Jimmie Taylor (Greensboro, Ala./Greensboro), SG Detrick Mostello (Decatur, Ala./Austin), G Jeremy Johnson (Montgomery, Ala./Carver), PF DeOntaye Curtis (Hoover, Ala./Hoover) and SF Seab Webster (Gurley, Ala./Madison Co.) are well know entities in the 2013 class, while the 2014 class has well-known headliners in Lewis Sullivan (Meridianville, Ala./Hazel Green) and Justin Coleman (Birmingham, Ala./Wenonah) receiving attention from high majors throughout the South.

It’s time to add another player to the high-major mix in 2014 PF Riley Norris (Albertville, Ala./Albertville). College coaches are just starting to hear about him, but expect his recruiting profile to rise as many coaches get a chance to catch a glimpse of him for the first time during the spring evaluation period.

As a long bouncy athlete, Norris is an interesting prospect who will remind a lot of college coaches of a Kyle Singler-type who can shoot the 3-ball and finish at the rim. Because of his size he plays mostly inside for his high school team, but out on the recruiting circuit coaches will be able to see his developing perimeter skills, high basketball IQ and feel for the game. He is not afraid to compete on the boards at both ends and is developing a quick reputation as a go-to guy when the game is on the line.

Although only a rising junior, Norris has already gained a high stature within the state, being named to the All-State team as a sophomore. The three big programs in the state of Alabama already are in hot pursuit and as his game continues to develop, his stock should sore on the national level.

Mark Kamara, the sirector of the Southeast Elite program that Norris plays with during the spring and summer, has had his share of high-level players come through his program and feels that Norris has a chance to be as good as any of them.

“Riley is a great kid. He has a tremendous work ethic and is very coachable”, Kamara said. “When coaches see his athleticism and skill level he is going to become a highly coveted recruit.”

Only time will tell on these young players from the usually-football-dominated state, but one thing is for certain the basketball recruiting scene in the state of Alabama just got more interesting and Norris is a big reason why.