Avery Johnson made a splash on the recruiting trail on Thursday night. Twice.
Collin Sexton, a top-10 recruit, and one of the best available point guards, announced his commitment to Alabama, picking the Crimson Tide over Kansas and NC State. Hours later, John Petty, a four-star guard, elected to remain in state and join Sexton at ‘Bama.
Courted by pretty much every high-major school, Sexton cut his list to 10 in July with Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Oklahoma State making the cut.
Sexton was in Lawrence for Late Night in the Phog last month after taking official visits to Raleigh and Tuscaloosa the previous month.
Petty was down to five:, Alabama,, Connecticut Florida State, Kansas and Kentucky.
These are two massive pickups for Johnson and the Tide. Sexton can light it up offensively. Petty has great length on the wing and has the potential to be a stat stuffer. He’ll also have some experienced pieces — Dazon Ingram, Riley Norris and Nick King — to play with when he arrives on campus next fall.
Playing for Southern Stampede out of Georgia, Sexton led the Nike EYBL in scoring at 31.7 points per game. Despite coming off the bench in the U17 World Championships, Sexton led USA Basketball in scoring, dropping 17.0 points per game, shooting 57 percent from the field. Petty averaged 13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game for Team Penny in the Nike EYBL.
Alabama, like Kentucky, landed a pair of top-30 recruits on Thursday. This was a big day for Johnson and Co.