The jewel of the commitment craze for the Crimson Tide is 6-foot-2 shooting guard Senario Hillman, presently rated in the Scout.com Top 25. Joining him is teammate Dontrell Taylor, a 6-foot-8 power forward.
"What happened was that he felt really great about it when he went down there," Coach Hudson of the Atlanta Celtics told Scout.com. "He felt good about Coach Gottfried and he was surrounded by a lot of good people that he was already familiar with. His first option was Georgia and he was liking them but Alabama kept sticking around and finally he decided that's where he wanted to go."
Hillman ranks as a supremely athletic guard. He's got tremendous rise, the ability shoot the ball on the move and he's got springs in his sneakers.
Less is known about Taylor and he's believed to be a down-the-road type forward for the Tide. Sources told Scout.com that Taylor could be the type of prospect that would benefit from a red shirt season in order to prepare himself for the rigors of the SEC.
The teammates, according to Hudson, happened to fall for the same program. "Actually, to be honest with you, Dontrell decided that he wanted to go to Alabama as soon as they offered him. They offered him first and he said that's where he wanted to go." Hudson said Bama's courtship of Hillman evolved to the point where they won him over.
Julio Smith, another one of Hillman's traveling team coaches, echoed the sentiment. "Basically, I think Alabama was real persistent and very aggressive. Obviously it was a hard decision for Senario because the three schools he got down to, he liked all three a lot. He had close relationships with coaches on all three staffs."
Smith said that Hillman continues adding pieces to his game. ‘Right now he's having a great year. What he's doing is maturing. He's getting more poised and totally under control. He's been playing the point for his high school team and that's given him a chance to learn new things."
Don't expect the Tide's roll to stop with just these two additions. Indications are that Gottfried has his eyes set on Rico Pickett, an in-state guard who is having a big season.