Rico Pickett loved Alabama's approach and he's the heir apparent to Ron Steele at the point. That was enough for the 6-foot-4 Decatur (Ala.) High product to end his process on Monday. Vanderbilt was the runner-up to the Tide.
"The real thing is that he's been honest with me the whole time," the 20-point per game scorer said. "(Mark Gottfried) hasn't told me that if I come this or that will happen. They've been on me the longest time and shown the most interest. It was time for me to be loyal to them like they were to me."
Pickett's stock is on the rise. He averaged a whopping 20 points, 7 boards and 6 dimes as a junior. Plenty of high-major programs found their way into Alabama to evaluate him and once the Tide came strong with the schollie it was over.
The fact that Bama took its time in evaluating and offering Pickett convinced the guard they were quite serious about him. "They were making sure that I was the player they wanted to play for their team."
Stepping in one day for Steele will be a tall order but Pickett understands and will be ready for the challenge. "It's a lot of pressure but I'm used to it."
In the meantime, we'll catch up with him this spring when he runs with the Southeast Elite outfit. Surely the Crimson Tide will be there watching too!