"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."