Knox Stays Within City Limits

Alabama prides itself on keeping its in-state talent in the school colors. Guys like Ronald Steele and Richard Hendrix have kept Mark Gottfried's program in the national spotlight. Now, Justin Knox a Tuscaloosa native becomes the latest local product to pick Alabama.

You just knew this was going to be a tough one to pry out of Alabama once the Crimson Tide offered him a scholarship and on Sunday, local standout Justin Knox committed to Bama.

Knox, a 6-foot-8 frontcourt talent from nearby Central High East in Tuscaloosa, determined that playing in front of his family was very important.

"It was close to home and it was the best for my family who can come and watch," Knox said. "It's a good academic school." He also looked at and received interest from LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, Georgia, Cincinnati, Columbia and Vanderbilt.

This summer, Knox ran with the Birmingham Raptors and participated in the adidas Super Star camp. Long on potential and talent, he's a player whom the Tide can develop into a frontcourt presence.

"Alabama's a good basketball team. They made it to the big tournament a lot of years and I like how they get the ball to the big men."

The Tide rolls strong when it comes to in-staters and when a player like Knox is within the city limits you just knew they'd be tough to top.

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