Alabama lands the final available Top 25 recruit in Devonta Pollard

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2012 forward Devonta Pollard made his decision on Friday, announcing that he will attend Alabama in the fall.

Alabama beat out Missouri, Georgetown, Texas and LSU for his services, and picked up a much-needed front court prospect.

A five-star prospect from Porterville, Mississippi, Pollard is ranked 22nd in Rivals’ final 2012 player rankings and 25th in Scout’s final 2012 rankings.

This is big for Anthony Grant and the Crimson Tide on two fronts. First off, they’d yet to sign anyone in the 2012 recruiting class.

And secondly, Alabama has to account for the losses of JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell (dismissed from the team before the season ended) in 2012-13.

Pollard will be a good option for Alabama at the three (or four), and his versatility affords Grant and his staff the opportunity to use him in a variety of ways.

Nick Jacobs is Alabama’s most productive front court returnee with 7-footers Moussa Guerre and Carl Engstrom both looking to earn more playing time next season.

Adding a player of Pollard’s quality will definitely help the Crimson Tide make another NCAA tournament appearance.

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Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Clemson lands 2017 guard

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Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.

The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.

Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.

Arizona’s Tarczewski out 4-to-6 weeks

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Arizona will be without senior center Kaleb Tarczewski for 4-to-6 weeks, the school announced on Tuesday. The 7-foot Tarczewski suffered a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot and he’ll have some time to heal before the main portion of the Pac-12 conference schedule.

The experienced Tarczewski was averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Without the senior in the lineup, Arizona fell to Providence in the Wooden Legacy last week. Without Tarczewski in the lineup, the Wildcats could turn to center Dusan Ristic while forward Ryan Anderson has had some solid outings this season.

Missing Tarczewski for the rest of non-conference play will hurt but he’ll get to rest and recover for the stretch run while the Wildcats can mix in some new frontcourt pieces.