Alabama and Kentucky in Border Struggle for John Petty

Locking down the borders is a priority for any Alabama basketball coach seeking a successful tenure at The Capstone. Avery Johnson is in a recruiting battle to land a high-profile in-state player contemplating a migration to Bluegrass Country, Kentucky. The two-team jump ball scenario will soon be decided during the early November (9th through 16th) signing period. Inking nationally hailed home grown talent has historically correlated to the Crimson Tide program prospering.

John Petty of Mae Jemison HS (Huntsville, AL) is a 6-6, 185 pound, four-star rated shooting guard ranked 44th overall in the country and ninth by position according to Scout.com.  Alabama and Kentucky are the last two suitors competing for the National Letter of Intent signature from the high flying versatile athlete known for draining long range treys.    

The reigning 2016 Mr. Basketball and veteran head coach Jack Doss at the helm won two consecutive Class 5A state titles with J.O. Johnson HS before the school closed last spring.  He joins John Carroll’s Ronald Steele (2003) and Butler’s Trevor Lacey (2010) as the only juniors to be named Mr. Basketball.  Petty averaged 19.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals during the Jaguars 29-5 2015-16 campaign.   

Doss, Alabama’s high school version of UCLA’s John Wooden (10 NCAA titles), owns the AHSAA record of nine championships won at three schools – Johnson (2015, ’16), Butler (2004, ’05, ’07, ’08, ’11) and Hayes (1981, ’82).  Mae Jemison HS opens the year at home against Huntsville HS on November 10th at 7 PM.

The coveted class of 2017 prospect and record-setting coach spoke to BamaMag.com last Friday from the confines of their brand new locker room.  Announcement intentions, Avery Johnson and the Alabama program were among the subjects broached during the video interview.


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