Algie Key Likes Visit To Alabama

Alabama men's basketball prospect Algie Key arrived in Tuscaloosa on Friday evening after a flight from Wichita, Kansas. The Barton Community College (Great Bend, KS) sophomore was in town for an official visit to explore life at The Capstone. He had a chance to meet and socialize with the Tide staff and players for the first time.



Three schools are the serious contenders for the signature of Algie Key on a National Letter of Intent – Alabama, Georgia and TCU. Arizona State and New Mexico have reached out within the last two weeks to gauge interest.

He holds offers from the Tide and Horned Frogs.

As a ninth grader the Decatur, Ga., native attended camp in Athens but will officially visit the Bulldogs this next weekend or the following one.

The regular signing period for NCAA Division I men's basketball is between April 17th and May 15th.

"I'm looking for a great coaching staff, facilities, atmosphere, academics and how I bond with the team on my visit," Key stated as factors influencing the decision.

The weekend spent in Tuscaloosa impressed not only the 6-4, 185 pound combo guard but his parents as well who accompanied Key on the tour. "Everything was great. It was amazing – A1. It was a good visit overall," said Key known as "Al" to friend and relatives. "The people are nice too. Alabama is on another level than TCU and Georgia, the schools I am looking at as far as the program, academics, facilities and the campus." Aunts, uncle and cousins on both sides of his family live in Tuskegee.

Alabama Coach Anthony Grant defined Key's value to the Tide in a Sunday morning sit down meeting. "He wants me to come in and be part of the program. Nothing will be given to me. I would have to work for everything," said the two-time NJCAA third team All-America. "I could picture myself playing for Alabama because of the style of play and the coaching staff there is great. I feel like I could come in and contribute."

The Alabama staff has traveled to Kansas to watch Key in action and to Georgia for a home visit. No timetable has been set for a decision.

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