Versatile forward headed to Bama

When the NCAA limited college basketball teams to 13 scholarship players, a higher premium was placed on prospects that could play numerous positions. One of the more popular positions for high school players is the big forward. This position is often defined by the player's ability to create mismatches on both ends of the floor by displaying both guard and forward skills.

On the offensive end of the floor the big forward is able to step outside and make the jumper. He can also use his height advantage to post up smaller players and look over defenders to find his open teammate. Defensively, the athlete is able to help out post players in the paint and can also guard smaller players on the perimeter.

Evan Brock, a 6 foot 9 big forward, has always loved basketball. "Basketball was always my favorite sport, nothing else was close," he said.

More than likely his love for the game came from his father. Ernie Brock was a 6 foot 10, collegiate star at Virginia State from 1961-1964. He was a 4-year starter who averaged 18 points a game during his career and led all small colleges in rebounding as a senior. After his collegiate career ended the elder Brock teamed up with Meadowlark Lemon and the Harlem Globetrotters, entertaining fans around the world for five years.

The elder Brock helped teach his son the fundamentals as a child but Evan's natural talent for the game was easily noticed. "He was long and lanky and picked up quickly on everything I taught him," said the former Globetrotter. "The potential was there early and he was really quick for a kid his size."

Brock is a versatile player who feels at ease playing either forward position. "My coaches play me either inside or out," he related. "I'm comfortable either way." He is a long-armed player with a solid outside shot that can also use his height on the blocks to post up.

His long arms are used as an advantage on defensive as well. "I'm able to block shots but mostly I can alter a shot or deflect a pass," Brock said.

Brock is a three-year starter at Lassiter High School in Georgia. Last year, as a junior he averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game, and college coaches took notice. But it was this summer, while playing summer AAU basketball, with the Georgia Jazz that saw his stock rise considerably.

"At the Nike Showcase and Nationals I played well," Brock acknowledged. Well enough in fact to earn scholarship offers from more than 10 high major colleges and draw interest from numerous others.

After sitting down with his parents and discussing the best possible options, Brock narrowed his list down to Alabama, Clemson, Mississippi State and Wake Forest. In September he visited the University of Alabama and was impressed enough to give Mark Gottfried and the rest of the Crimson Tide staff their 1st commitment of the year. "Everything clicked when I went for my visit," Brock said.

The Tide's style of play and the players on the team were a perfect fit for him. Brock explained; "I felt really comfortable around the other players and I love their up-tempo style of play."

Also factoring into his decision was Alabama's business school. " I'm going major in business and the academics there are excellent," he explained.

But the biggest reason that he chose to play at the Capstone was the coaching staff. " They were very honest and straight forward with me," Brock said. "I knew I could trust them."

Editors Note: The Tide is expected to sign between 3-4 prospects in the early period. The majority of those scholarships will be used on the forward and center positions.

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