Class of 2016 Forward Braxton Key Commits to Alabama

Class of 2016 small forward Braxton Key has committed to play for Avery Johnson and the University of Alabama, giving the Crimson Tide their second recruit ranked inside the ESPN Top 100.
Class of 2016 small forward Braxton Key has committed to play for Avery Johnson and the University of Alabama, giving the Crimson Tide their second recruit ranked inside the ESPN Top 100.

Changes are coming for the Alabama Crimson Tide, and the rest of the SEC has been put on notice.

First, they introduced Avery Johnson as their new head coach following the 2014-15 season. Johnson brings a wealth of experience with him, and is another big name head coach to reside in the SEC.

Then, Alabama landed a commitment in August from five-star shooting guard Terrance Ferguson. Ferguson is the 10th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2016 by ESPN. He chose Alabama over the likes of Kansas, North Carolina, and a plethora of other power conference programs.

On Wednesday, things got even better for the Crimson Tide in 2016-17, as they gained another commitment from an ESPN 100 recruit.

Small forward Braxton Key committed to play for Avery Johnson and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Key is a 6’8”, 240-pound small forward out of Nashville, TN, and he will play his last year of high school basketball as a part of the national powerhouse that is Oak Hill. Key transferred to Oak Hill Academy in July.

He is the 66th-ranked recruit in ESPN’s Class of 2016 rankings. Key chose Alabama over the likes of Kansas, Texas, and Vanderbilt.

With his size, Key is a versatile player who can line up at either the 3- or 4-spot on the floor. He’s got a solid frame, good length, and some bounce that make him extremely tough to defend on the offensive end of the court. Key can finish through contact with either hand, and has great court vision and is an excellent passer if his lane to the basket closes up.

If Key can improve his jumper, and his shooting consistency, it will add another dimension to his game and keep defenders from backing off when he attempts a jumper.

The addition of Key brings some size to the Alabama lineup, something that is a necessity when playing in the always-tough SEC. His basketball IQ, motor, and overall skill will allow for him to succeed in the NCAA.

With Key, Terrance Ferguson, and JUCO transfer Ar’mond Davis now in the fold, Alabama will turn their attention to rounding out a solid recruiting class. They are still very much in the mix for the services of 20th-ranked Marques Bolden.

You can bet that Ferguson and Key will have a hand in trying to land the 6’10” Bolden for the class of 2016.

Slowly but surely, the pieces are coming together for Alabama and their new bench boss.

– T.B.