Impact of lacking top talent in Alabama
December, 15, 2010
By Mike LaPlante, ESPN Recruiting
With Devin Langford's (Huntsville, Ala./Lee) recent commitment to Illinois, the pickings for high-major talent in Alabama are slim. In fact, it is down to one -- Trevor Lacey (Huntsville, Ala./ Butler) -- who is rumored to be close to a decision. Langford's commitment to an out-of-state school got me thinking about the impact that the state of Alabama's decreasing talent level has had on the SEC participants Alabama and Auburn and Conference USA's UAB. In recent years the quantity of high-level basketball players in the state of Alabama has been down (the state has had no more than four Top 100 players since 2008). That lack of talent has made the margin of error for in-state recruiting very slight and even more frustrating is that when there is an elite prospect, more often than not, he is choosing to leave the state. Of the 11 ESPNU 100 prospects from Alabama since 2008, only two have decided to play their college ball in-state. Most recently, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe decided to play for Kentucky and John Calipari.