Lawson Schaffer is a 5-11, 160-pound point guard who played four years at Cullman, starting part-time as a ninth grader and full-time as a starter his final three years. He helped Coach Bobby Meyer’s team to a 24-9 record and a spot in the Elite 8 in the 6A Alabama High School Athletic Association as a senior.
He set the Cullman career scoring record with 1,997 points.
Schaffer led Cullman with 21.4 points per game his senior season and was also the team leader with 8.0 assists per game and in steals with 114. He also averaged 7.0 rebounds per game. He hit 40 per cent of his three-point shots and was an 84 per cent free throw shooter.
He was the Birmingham Tip-Off Club Co-Player of the Year with fellow Alabama freshman-to-be Dazon Ingram. The two will be part of Coach Avery Johnson’s first Crimson Tide squad.
Schaffer was named MVP of the Mitch Smith Chevrolet Yule Tide Classic and selected to the all-tournament teams in the Birmingham Steel City Classic and state tournament area and region.
He had some of his best games against the best competition, including 34 points against Athens and 31 against Huntsville Lee in regional games and 35 vs. Austin in the area championship game.
Schaffer selected Alabama over a similar offer from Auburn and turned down scholarship offers at other schools.
Additionally, the Alabama women’s basketball team of Coach Kristy Curry is picking up a quality walk-on guard.
Taylor Berry, a 5-9 guard from New Orleans, scored over 2,000 points in her career at Mount Carmel Academy. As a junior, she helped the Cubs win the Class 5A state title and guided her team back to the semifinals in 2015. As a senior, Berry led the Cubs offensively, scoring 18.5 points per game in addition to 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per contest. She was a Louisiana Sports Writers Association all-state selection, an all-metro selection by NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune, and the 2014-2015 District 9 5-A MVP.
Berry is equally as impressive academically, earning class Valedictorian honors at Mount Carmel. She has earned several awards for her performance in the classroom including academic all-state, the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, the President's Volunteer Service Award, and the Citizenship Award. Berry is also a member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society.