April 28, 2011

Three UA recruits finish in Rivals 150

The University of Alabama's 2011 basketball recruiting class was already considered solid, but it got a boost on Wednesday when Crimson Tide signee Rodney Cooper jumped from No. 117 to No. 49 in the final Rivals.com 150 rankings.

Cooper, a 6-foot-6 wing from Phenix City, Ala., dropped in the last rankings after taking a backseat to fellow Alabama signee Levi Randolph during the AAU circuit. Cooper struggled at times with the Alabama Challenge, while Randolph shined.

However, during the high school basketball season, Cooper proved that he was one of the top 50 players in the country.

The Russell County High School star averaged 31 points and 10 rebounds per game and led the Warriors to within a game of the Class 5A semifinals.

As for Randolph, he finished as the highest ranked player in the Crimson Tide's class to this point, coming in at No. 30.

The 6-foot-6 combo guard from Madison, Ala. was nominated for two postseason all-star games, including the Derby Festival Classic last weekend where he won the slam dunk contest.

The only other player in Alabama's class to make the list was Atlanta power forward Nick Jacobs, who was ranked at No. 90. Jacobs enjoyed a solid senior season at South Atlanta High School.

The last member of the class, Moussa Gueye, did not make the list because he's coming in from the junior college level. Also, Gueye sat out the entire year with an injury.

The 7-foot center will have three years of eligibility when he gets to Tuscaloosa.

Alabama's class could become even better depending on what uncommitted star Trevor Lacey decides to do.

Lacey confirmed that he will be visiting Kansas this weekend followed by a visit to Kentucky the weekend after. He said he will be making his decision shortly after his trip to Lexington.

The Huntsville guard picked up a fifth star and jumped to No. 24 in the final Rivals 150 rankings.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at [email protected]

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