“I’m going to Bama,” Reese said. “I think it felt more like home down there with the relationships I have with the coaching staff and I’m building good relationships with the players now too, so it just felt like home.”
“Just everything that they have to offer,” he said when asked why the Crimson Tide. Being a big school they have a lot of resources education wise and basketball wise.
Reese took his official visit to Alabama this past weekend. He also took official visits to UAB and Arizona State. But after taking his ASU visit, Reese determined that staying close would be a better option for him.
“Probably the last couple of weeks,” the Pelham (Ala.) High standout said when asked when he knew Alabama was the spot for him. “I just felt like that was it.”
Herb Jones, another top tier target for Alabama, committed to the Crimson Tide earlier in the day. Jones’ father cited resurgence in the Alabama program. Reese echoed those thoughts.
“It was actually a big part in my decision,” Reese said. “I think I can go down there and help them win games and turn their program around.”
Reese said he also built strong relationships with Johnson, as well as assistant Antoine Pettway.
“We got pretty close,” he said of Johnson. “He’s a good guy. No one really has anything bad to say about him. His experience coaching in NBA and that kind of stuff is big time.”
Reese ranks as the No. 59 overall recruit and No. 7 power forward in the 2017 class.
“I think I’m going to be a good scorer for them with my versatility coming from the four spot.”
With the addition of Reese and Jones on Thursday, Alabama's recruiting class sits at two, but they are expected to take at least four, potentially five, players in 2017.