Three-point specialist commits to Tide

Top 60 shooting guard Albert Webber committed to the Tide last Saturday. His addition will help alleviate a coming lack of depth in the backcourt with the possible loss of Mo Williams to the NBA Draft and Antoine Pettway and Demetrius Smith to graduation after next season.

His commitment now gives the Tide two prospects in the early signing period before November.

Albert Webber chose Alabama over Connecticut and Texas because of the location and the coaching staff. While on campus, both Coach Gottfried and Coach Orlando Early showed Webber and his family the campus and facilities and introduced Webber to his future teammates.

"My mother and my aunt really liked the college," Webber said. "It's only a five-hour drive from New Orleans, so they can come up and see my games."

Another drawing card for Webber was the close-knit chemistry he witnessed from the Tide players.

"I got to meet Pettway and Shelton and the rest of the team," Webber said. "I thought the team was like a group of brothers."

Webber will give Coach Gottfried yet another option in the future in his favored three-guard sets. Those three guard sets and the chance for a great deal of playing time also helped Webber in his decision to attend the Capstone.

While he is primarily a shooting guard and recruited to play there by Gottfried, Webber is working on his game to become a combo guard capable of playing either guard spot for the Tide.

"I'm working hard to elevate my game to play the one," Webber said. "I definitely would like to be capable of being a combo guard."

The 6-2 shooting guard has drawn raves for his sweet stroke from the perimeter and scoring mentality and has drawn comparisons to guard Ray Allen of the Seattle Supersonics.

"I love shooting the three-pointer," Webber said.

Webber began his basketball career at Higgins High in New Orleans, but later transferred his junior year to Mt. Zion Academy in Durham, NC, the prep school that produced NBA mega-star Tracy McGrady.

Webber comes from a rich basketball tradition in New Orleans, a city that produced such great players as former Villanova standout and present-day New Jersey Net guard Kerry Kittles and Oklahoma guard Hollis Price.

According to Webber, he will spend the summer taking a few classes and hitting the weights in preparation for his final year of high school ball. This summer he will attend the BET Classic in Washington, D.C., the prestigious Adidas ABCD Camp in Teaneck, N.J. and make a return to Las Vegas for another summer tournament.

Webber will also work hard to make sure that his game is not purely limited to behind the three-point arc, from which the Tide struggled mightily last season.

"I'm going to work hard on my midrange game with the floaters and runners in the lane," Webber said.

The Tide can sign as many as five in November and will be looking mainly for backcourt help.

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