Collin Sexton has exploded on the recruiting scene in the past 12 months. Alabama has been an early suitor seeking to sign the dynamic backcourt prospect. He is coming off an MVP performance with Team USA. They soundly defeated Turkey 96-56 in the FIBA U17 World Championship held in Zaragoza, Spain to win the Gold Medal.
“With Collin it’s been a transformation. We’ve been asking him to do things on the court to display different skill sets,” said George Washington, the Tuskegee (AL) native, raised in Mississippi. The University of Alabama graduate was coached by Sammy Smith at Columbus HS (MS). Tide fans will recall Smith coached Alabama legend Antonio McDyess at Quitman HS (MS). The continued maturity on the court has expanded the number of schools inquiring about Sexton. “A lot of people saw Collin as just a scorer. We told Collin he had to show people he could facilitate, run a team and just his training regimen," said Washington. "Collin has been doing two-a-days, sometimes three-a-days and competing against high level players. We have a period at Pebblebrook where college guys come in from all over the United States and train and workout with us. He has had an opportunity over the last six months to workout with college players and see the difference in their bodies and how much stronger they are and learn different things from them.”
Competing against the bigger, faster and stronger college level group of players has benefited the 6-2, 175 pound guard. “He has learned to understand sometimes he may not be able to get to the rim so he has to be able to use his pull up jump shot and consistently shoot the three-ball," replied Washington. "We want him to be able to read those situations and do those different things in the course of a game.” The highly intensive training environment includes at least an hour of drills followed by games with a shot-clock and occasionally referees. Mentoring by the experienced college players is a constant. “Collin is always probing and asking questions to learn about the college experience including the coaches around the country. He is very inquisitive.”
Sexton demonstrated the intended progress in one particular moment last season. “The best game for him was out in California against Bishop O’Dowd HS (Oakland, CA)," stated Washington. "He facilitated in the first half, showed everyone he could pass the ball, get his teammates involved, lead and run sets. In the second half he showed everyone his ability to score. He finished with almost a triple double.”
He possesses an additional skill not usually linked to a guard “He is an excellent rebounder. He loves to rebound on the offensive end,” said Washington. He raves about the work ethic of Sexton and rewards the talented prospect the liberty to operate. “We give him the freedom to be Collin. Sometimes you have to let players be players.”
The Scout.com five-star Class of 2017 prospect has unofficially visited Tuscaloosa multiple times with family members. Coach Avery Johnson, Assistant Antoine Pettway and staff have launched an aggressive campaign to entice Sexton to The Capstone. He has also unofficially traveled to Oklahoma State.
Coach Washington gave an in-depth video interview about the prolific scoring guard receiving attention from major basketball schools across the country. Topics discussed included – the signing date intentions, schools actively in pursuit, a skills evaluation and a few interesting anecdotes concerning his star performer.