Alabama has more than its four-game winning streak on the line when Kentucky visits Coleman Coliseum on Saturday.
Trendon Watford — the Mountain Brook 5-star prospect and reigning Mr. Basketball — is scheduled to be in Tuscaloosa for his official visit this weekend to watch the Crimson Tide play Kentucky. Tip-off is set for noon Saturday at Coleman Coliseum.
“I hope to see that they can beat a very good team like Kentucky,” Watford said, “and I’m looking forward to seeing the fans and everybody.”
Watford, a 6-foot-9 forward, has narrowed his list of possible college destinations to Alabama, Memphis, LSU and Indiana. He’s already taken official visits to LSU and Memphis, where first-year coach Penny Hardaway has already gotten a commitment from national No. 1 prospect James Wiseman.
Alabama signed three players during college basketball’s early signing period in November — Juwan Gary, a 6-foot-6 forward from Columbia, South Carolina; Jalen Forbes, a 6-foot-5 guard from Florence, Mississippi; and Jaden Shackleford, a 6-foot-3, guard from Hesperia, California. All three are ranked among the nation’s top 100 prospects.
Watford is currently ranked No. 27 nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, but he could rise after scoring 38 points in a victory over IMG Academy (Fla.), then the No. 2-ranked team in the country, in the nationl-level City of Palms holiday tournament last month.
Alabama coach Avery Johnson has made Watford a recruiting priority, and the Kentucky game gives the Crimson Tide a chance to impress the state’s top prospect since NBA star DeMarcus Cousins.
“I like how they’re getting better every game,” Watford said when asked about what he likes about Alabama, “and I can tell that they’ve been working hard.”
Watford plans to wait o until the late college basketball period in April to sign, and he may not make a public commitment until then.