Alabama Inks Two Hoop Players In Early Period

Alabama men's basketball inked a pair of interior players on Wednesday during the early signing period, November 14th – November 21st. Shannon Hale is a 6'7", 205 pound sure-handed forward currently attending the Christ School (Arden, NC). Jimmie Taylor, a 6'9", 215 pound defensive-minded center, roams the paint for Greensboro High School (AL).

Shannon Hale has been an Alabama commitment since October 2010, never wavering from his early pledge to the Tide. The four-star rated Tennessee native is ranked as the 98th best overall by and 23rd at the power forward position. Hale was the leading scorer as a two-year starter at Science Hill HS (Johnson City, TN) prior to transferring to the Episcopal college preparatory boarding and day school for boys located in North Carolina.

He is known to possess an outstanding touch from the perimeter and display excellent post moves with good skills for his size. Hale has the capability to catch and shoot from three-point range or penetrate from the wing with a dribble drive. He has shown an improvement in his mid-range game. Anthony Grant and staff became interested in Hale following his freshman season.

Signing Jimmie Taylor continues the trend of Alabama targeting and securing the top in-state talent. The lengthy shot-blocker announced a commitment to the Tide in May 2012. A four-star prospect, Taylor is the ninth rated center and 63rd overall according to The gentle giant is regarded as a defensive gem and celebrated for controlling the block shot to start the transition. Taylor can close out, alter shots and play position defense with the best.

The left-hander is working to master the back-to-the-basket moves and a variety of hook shots to compliment the jumper. He has been a starter for the Hale County School since joining the team as a freshman winning back-to-back Class 3A state titles in 2010 and 2011.

Shannon Hale 2011-12 stats

15 ppg

5.5 rpg

1.5 blocks

FG% 57.6

FT% 75

3-PT FG% 36

32-5 Record

Team reached State Semi-Finals NCISAA 3A

CAA All Conference

Asheville Citizen-Times All Western North Carolina

Arby's Classic (Bristol, TN) All Tournament

Jimmie Taylor 2011-12 stats

9.75 ppg

5.1 rpg

2.9 blocks

FG% 63

FT% 66

28-6 record

Alabama 3A State Champions

Alabama 3A Central Region Champions

Alabama Area 7 Champions

Hale County Tournament Champion

MLK Invitational Tournament Champion

All-Regional Tournament Team

All-State 2011-2012

3A State Finals MVP 2010-2011

West Alabama Super 5 2011

USA Developmental National Team

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