Collin Sexton will make LeBron James rethink leaving Cleveland


Alabama basketball head coach Avery Johnson recruited a player he knew would only roll with the Tide for one year. Tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected their point guard of the future, Collin Sexton.

LeBron James has a new sidekick to depend on if he decides to stay in Cleveland. If he opts out of his contract, look for Collin Sexton to lead this Cavs squad into the future. James carried Cleveland on his back during the playoffs and led them into the Finals.

Point guards George Hill, Jose Calderon and Jordan Clarkson, were underwhelming during the playoff run. Expect Sexton to compete immediately for the starting job.

Collin Sexton is the first Alabama Crimson Tide player drafted in the first round since Gerald Wallace in 2001. Looking dapper in his eye-popping champagne red suit and bowtie, Collin was all smiles after his name during the announcement.

The physical point guard can explode past defenders and finish at the rim. He is strong enough to withstand contact and still finish at the hoop. The young guard is adept at drawing fouls. Lightning fast in transition. Russell Westbrook and Eric Bledsoe are two NBA players Sexton draws comparisons to.

The uber-competitive six-foot guard is a fierce defender that can shut down opposing point guards. Drawbacks that Sexton should work on are his jumper and getting his teammates more involved in the action.

The Alabama head coach told WJOX FM’s Three Man Front during an interview about the future star :

"“I mean the kid is a high-level player. He plays both ends of the floor. He’s not a one-way player, he’s a two-way player. And because he’s got to guard some of the best point guards in the world he’s going to be very competitive. He’s got a lot of confidence, mental and physical toughness. So, I think a lot of attributes about his game translate to the NBA game.”"

Dazzling point guard

Hailing from Mableton, Georgia, Collin Sexton was Johnson’s prized recruit last year. Sexton led the Tide in scoring with 19.2 points per game on 44 percent shooting. He shot 33 percent from deep.

His heroic play during the SEC tournament led Alabama basketball to its first NCAA tournament berth under Johnson. The lead guard dropped 27 points against Texas A&M and drove the length of the court for the game-winning scoop shot. Next up was number one seed Auburn. Collin carried the team on his back scoring 31 points.

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Sexton will thrive in the NBA. Avery Johnson has touted the young man has not reached his ceiling and will have a smooth transition into the league. High praise from a former NBA champion point guard.