Five-star guard Collin Sexton has taken a pair of official visits and is set to see at least two more schools.
Sexton started the visit process off the weekend of September 3rd, as he traveled to Raleigh (N.C.) to see NC State.
“I liked the visit,” Sexton said. “I didn’t really get to talk to the other players much, since it was Labor Day, but I thought it was good. I can do that in the future if I decide to go there.”
“I thought it was pretty good,” he added. “[Mark Gottfried] laid everything out. Showed me the dorms. Showed me everything. He let me talk to the people there. I thought it was all around pretty good.”
What stood out most about the trip?
“How they always have their gym open to anybody,” Sexton said about NC State. “It’s open to many NBA players. Anybody that wants to work they have their gym free and open.”
Sexton said Gottfried’s pitch is for him to come in, play immediately and provide his normal mix of scoring and facilitating.
“Just being me and coming in and play,” he said. “They don’t want me to change anything. They like the way I play.”
This past Friday, Sexton hosted Avery Johnson and Bill Self for in-home visits. Then Friday evening, Sexton took an official visit to Alabama. They also hosted five-star guard Troy Brown.
“It was good,” he said. “I’ve been on campus many other times before. Me and Troy [Brown] hung out a little bit and got to know each other. Then we hung out with some of the players and we went to the football game.”
Alabama’s pursuit of Sexton dates back to before the 6-foot-2 guard emerged as a five-star prospect. Because of that, Sexton and Avery Johnson have built a strong bond.
“We have gotten pretty close,” Sexton said. “They were one of the first teams to recruit me pretty hard, way before back when I was playing 16U. They jumped on me hard then and have always been on me.”
Sexton said the best part of his trip to Alabama was getting to spend time with the current players.
“I’d say hanging with the guys,” he said when asked what stood out the most. “I liked how the team bonded and everybody was hanging out and stuff like that. The small things.”
Sexton said he’s also scheduled a pair of other official visits.
That leaves one official visit left, but he’s yet to decide which school he will see.
“Not yet,” when asked if he’s decided which school to visit. “Just finding to see what is the best school for me to go to.”
The last time Sexton updated his school list, he also mentioned Arizona, Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, North Carolina and Villanova. Sexton said three or four schools were vying for the last visit, but didn’t say which ones.
Throughout the recruiting process, Sexton has developed good relationships with the coaches recruiting him. Which head coaches has he gotten to know the best?
“I’ve developed a good relationship with coach [Mark] Gottfried, coach Avery [Johnson] and coach Bill Self,” he said.
After Sexton finishes the visit portion of his recruitment, he wants to finalize his college choice during the first signing period.
“Around November,” Sexton said when asked about a decision timeline. “Just so I can play my senior year out with out worrying about school.”
Sexton is regarded as Scout's No. 9 overall prospect and the No. 2 point guard in the 2017 class.