Algie Key talks TCU visit

Barton Community College guard Algie Key talks about his experience during his official visit to TCU. Key talks about his relationship with the TCU coaching staff and also about the big steps forward he took during his sophomore year at Barton.

The old cliche "He did it all" seemed to fit Barton Community College wing Algie Key perfectly.

Algie Key averaged 17.6 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 4.5 assists as well during his sophomore season at Barton.

Key took an official visit to TCU and said Wednesday that he was impressed by all that he saw.

"It was a really great visit. I enjoyed everything they had to offer from the campus, the new facilities, to the community around the school," said the 6'4 combo guard who is also being courted by Alabama and Georgia.

"The situation is great that they are offering," Key said. "I spoke with Coach Johnson and he told me that I was their number one priority, and he wants me to come in and be a leader of the team and take control."

Pooh Williamson has been the lead recruiter for Key, but he said that he talked to all the coaches including assistants Donny Guerinoni and Brent Scott on his visit.

"They all showed me around the dorms, the classes, and we went to a baseball game together as well," Key explained. "I have a good relationship with Coach Pooh."

Key is a ferocious attacker on the offensive side of the floor. Key is not just a shot maker; he is a true scorer who uses his ability to get to the rim and midrange game to score. He has a good feel around the rim, and he also has a knack for drawing fouls in the lane.

Key shot 256 free throws this season, making 182 of them. His attacking mindset helped him set a school record for career free throws attempted.

Key's head coach Craig Fletchall told Alabama's Scout site, BamaMag, "He has that assassin style bravado on the floor when the ball is in his hands yet never verbalizes that attitude. He is competitive in every drill we do and practices hard having not a missed a day."

Trent Johnson has made his living recruiting hard-nosed, hard-working, and tough basketball players, and Key appears to fit that mold.

"This season was all about working on my decision making," Key said. "I improved my basketball IQ and my feel for the game."

Fletchall raves about Key's leadership and excellent non-verbal cues that make him a great teammate and player to build a program around.

With Alabama just bouncing from the NIT tournament, Key said he could take a visit to see Anthony Grant's program as soon as this weekend or the week after the Final Four.

"For me, I have to have a lot of trust in the coaches and get the right fit," said Key who will have two years to play at the Division I level. "You know playing style is important but every team likes to get up and down and play fast paced. It's about the coahes and my relationship with them. My family will help me decide."

Algie Key is an Atlanta, Georgia native. He graduated from Lakeside High School. He is the 12th ranked junior college player in the country.

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