Alabama Basketball lands in-state star elevating recruiting class to second

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats reacts against the Connecticut Huskies in the semifinals
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats reacts against the Connecticut Huskies in the semifinals / Joe Rondone / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Alabama Basketball team continues its recruiting dominance landing in-state star Labaron Philon elevating this Alabama recruiting class to the second-ranked class in the Nation. Philon was a Kansas signee asking for a release from his Letter of Intent before committing to Alabama this weekend. Philon is a four-star recruit ranked as the third-ranked Point guard in the country and the 32nd-ranked player overall.

Landing Philon instantly becomes Nate Oats and the coaching staff's biggest addition this off-season as the Tide will get a dynamic two-way guard who's an effective scorer on the offensive end of the court and can disrupt play on the defensive end.

The Alabama Basketball team is still awaiting a decision from Mark Sears as he ways his NBA future with the option of returning for one more season. If Mark Sears heads to the NBA, the Alabama basketball team can now turn to either Aden Holloway or Labaron Philon to lead the team at point guard.

The Alabama Basketball team is reloading and an unimaginable way after a Final Four appearance, bringing in capable guards and forwards that can affect play on both ends of the court with all being starting caliber. The Alabama Basketball team will try and bring in one more key piece in Rutgers center Clifford Omoruyi who came to Tuscaloosa on Sunday. If the Tide land Omoruyi this roster would have easily the best shot blocker in the country giving the team a well-rounded group.

Alabama Basketball is reaching unfathomable heights

Before Nate Oats arrived in Tuscaloosa it would be hard to imagine Alabama Basketball even landing a top-ten recruiting class. Nate Oats and his staff are starting to normalize bringing one of the top recruiting classes in year after year and always finding a way to make the pieces fit. If the Alabama Basketball team brings back Mark Sears and Grant Nelson, this group will enter the year with true Final Four expectations which will signal how far this program has come.