Alabama Basketball Picks Up Third Commitment from Mississippi Big Man

Alabama basketball received good news Friday afternoon as 2017 prospect Galin Smith verbally pledged a commitment to the program. The 6-9, 225 pound front court player chose the Crimson Tide over the Green Wave of Tulane.

A relative newcomer on the hardwood, Smith began seriously pursuing the sport as an 8th grader.  “We moved him up to the varsity as a 9th grader,” said Clinton HS (MS) Head Coach Dr. Clay Norton.  “He has developed in a really good high profile player but he has gone through some growing pains.”  Smith, 6-6 and 180 pound as a freshman, became a hoops junkie.  He was a gymnasium fixture intent on learning all the nuances of the game.

A course of progression for Smith to succeed was outlined by the Clinton HS coaching staff. “Galvin has tremendous upside for the next level,” said Norton.  “He is immensely strong and works out in the weight room.  He accepted the challenge and has done everything we have asked of him.”

Alabama reached out to Smith late in his sophomore year to establish a relationship.  “Coach Antoine Pettway did an outstanding job recruiting him,” stated Norton.  “As of late Avery Johnson and John Pelphrey have come in to triple-team Galin.  They called, sent texts and came to practice regularly.”

Smith is athletic and demonstrates aggressiveness in the paint.  “He blocks out well and will try to dunk everything he can get his hands on.  He has great hands and displays good footwork in the post,” replied Norton entering his seventh season as coach of the Arrows.  “He can step out and hit the three but that is not his role for us. Galin will be a good post player, a stretch four player possibly in college.  He is pretty consistent 15 feet from the short corner to the high elbow spot.” 

Normally double-teamed, Smith has displayed the touch and knowledge required to be an adept interior passer.  The intriguing prospect is a rim protector with excellent timing to block shots yet understands guarding the pick-and-roll on the perimeter. 

Galin Smith is the third Bama commitment for the 2017 class following the Thursday afternoon decision of in-state products Herb Jones (Hale County HS) and Alex Reese (Pelham HS) to enroll in Tuscaloosa.  Director of Athletics Norton had high praise for the Magnolia state native.   “His character is unquestionable.  He is the type of kid you want around your program.”


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