Tide Adds Four

Mark Gottfried has announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent to attend and play basketball at the University of Alabama. The recruiting class announced includes Verice Cloyd, Avery Jukes, Mikhail Torrance and Justin Tubbs.

"It's a very solid class," said Alabama Head Coach Mark Gottfried. "I'm very excited about all four of these young men. Obviously we have a number of scholarships to fill this year and we're very excited with the talent level and the character as individuals of this group of signees."

Verice Cloyd is a 6-foot-3, 185 pound guard at Genesis One Christian in Mendenhall, Mississippi. A native of Gallatin, Tennessee, he attended Hunter's Lane High School his freshman and sophomore seasons where his play included a 40 point game against Goodpasture Christian. He moved to Mississippi and, as a junior at Genesis One last season, he averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 assists.

"Verice is a tremendous athlete. He's got great quickness and is a very good three point shooter," said Gottfried. "He's got a toughness about him that we really like. And he's a guy who can play both guard positions."

Avery Jukes is a 6-foot-8, 210 pound forward who is a senior at South Gwinnett where he averaged 10.1 points and 10.2 rebounds and was named all-county as a junior and attended NIKE Camp this past summer. The Snellville, Georgia, native is a solid performer in the classroom as well and plans to be an engineering major at Alabama.

Gottfried said, "Avery is a tremendous young man with an 1170 score on the SAT. He's an all-around good player who can score inside as well as make a three-point shot. He comes from a great family, too, so we're excited about having him become a part of our program."

A 6-foot-4, 185 pound point guard, Mikhail Torrance is from Mary Montgomery High School in Semmes. He averaged 18.5 points, four rebounds and eight assists as a junior last season and was 2nd Team 6-A All-State.

"Mikhail is a 6-4 point guard and can also play the off-guard and is just a real good perimeter basketball player," said Gottfried. "He uses both hands as well as anybody we've ever had maybe at Alabama. He's got great size for a guard."

Justin Tubbs, a 6-foot-2, 175 pound guard is a senior at Hewitt-Trussville where he's been a starter since his sophomore season. Tubbs, who was voted all-county, all-area and made the 2003 and 2004 all-region teams, averaged 16.8 points, 3.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.9 steals last season. He's a 78% shooter from the free throw line and connected on 46% of his three point shots last season.

Gottfried said, "Justin is another player who we're excited to have because we think he has potential to be a great shooter. He's a tremendous athlete who really can knock down a perimeter jump shot."

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