No. 1 PF in Alabama talks recruitment process

Tennessee hoops continues to work on building its 2017 class and beyond, offering some of the most coveted players in the South, including the best power forward in Alabama.

Alex Reese is looking for more than just a coaching staff when he shuffles through his growing offer list. The Scout four-star power forward doesn't just want a joystick coach adept at the intricacies of the game. He wants a staff he calles more than just 'coach.' 

"The coaching staff, I want to know them," Reese told InsideTennessee. "I want to be more like friends and have that kind of of relationship. Not just they're your coach, but you're able to talk to them about anything."

Tennessee is looking to develop that kind of relationship with Reese, the No. 1 power forward in Alabama's 2017 class who has accumulated 12 offers already. Vols assistant coach Desmond Oliver serves as the main recruiter on Reese, contacting him Tuesday to catch up with one of his most coveted targets after offering him Dec. 9. 

"They said they've seen me play in one of the tournaments this summer and never called me. They called me a few weeks ago," Reese said. "It was nice to get that offer. They had just recently started recruiting me. It was good to get that offer."

The Vols' staff has watched Reese play mutliple times and appreciate the athletcisim and versatility of the 6-foot-9, 220-pound junior from Pelham, Alabama. 

"They like how I shoot, and they like how versatile I am," Reese told IT. "Being able to drive, stuff like that ... They like how I run the floor and stuff. That's how their offense is, is getting up and down."

Reese would fit perfectly into Tennessee's fast-paced transition offense as a four man with speed who can exploit mismatches with slower forwards. The Yellowhammer State native is looking for an offensive game that fits him to do just that, along with a coaching staff that can connect with him on a personal level. 

The No. 52 overall player in the 2017 class said he will "most likely" visit Tennessee, and is also currently interested in Vanderbilt, Alabama and Auburn. Reese boasts offers from those four schools, along with Kansas State, Ole Miss, Clemson, Georgia, and others.

What else is he looking for other than friendly mentors at the next level?

"That, and style of play," Reese said. "Getting up and down the floor, stuff like that. That's what I'm looking for."

The No. 3 power forward in the South Region has plenty of options when it comes down to decide where he wants to play, but the process is still ongoing as he decides where he'll want to visit. As of right now, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn and Vanderbilt will probably garner visits from Reese, but nobody is in the lead.  

"I wouldn't say anybody is at the top yet," Reese said. 

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