Basketball Recruiting Roundup
Athens (Ala.) senior power forward Richard Hendrix must be a big Lynyrd Skynyrd fan because, in the end, his collegiate choice came down to "Sweet Home Alabama."
Rated the No. 1 big man and No. 2 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com, the 6-foot-8, 257-pound Hendrix committed to the University of Alabama over North Carolina earlier this week.
Hendrix had narrowed his choices to the Crimson Tide and Tar Heels several months ago, but he had a hard time coming to a final decision. In the end, however, he decided to stay in state, and his commitment is a huge one for Alabama.
Assuming he doesn't go pro — the NBA is a possibility given his size and talent — Hendrix will give the Tide a dominant inside presence. As a junior, he averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks per game to earn first team All-State and third team Parade All-American honors.
"His strong point is really his rebounding and inside game," Athens third-year head coach Venard Hendrix, who is also Richard's dad, recently told SchoolSports. "He's a total team player, and there's a part of him that'd rather pass than score. But he has the ability to control the game at both ends of the floor."
More Recruiting News:
Skyline (Texas) senior swingman C.J. Miles committed to the University of Texas over Kansas and Georgia Tech earlier this week. He is the latest Lone Star State stud to pick the Longhorns, who in recent years have kept homegrown talents like T.J. Ford, LaMarcus Aldridge and Daniel Gibson in Texas. Miles, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound shooting guard/small forward, is rated the No. 17 recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. …
Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) senior power forward Tyrell Biggs pledged to Pittsburgh over Villanova and Miami late last week. The 6-foot-8, 250-pound big man, who is rated the No. 33 recruit in the Class of 2005, is athletic and versatile for a player his size. At one point Biggs was receiving interest from schools like Duke and UConn, but he chose Pittsburgh because the Panthers stuck with him throughout the recruiting process. …
Mays (Ga.) senior forward Rashad Chase committed to Georgia State earlier this week over bigger suitors such as South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgetown and Florida State. Chase, a 6-foot-8, 225-pounder who plays power forward in high school but could see time at small forward in college, is rated the No. 48 recruit in the Class of 2005. …
Raleigh-Egypt (Tenn.) senior small forward Lawrence Kinnard picked the University of Alabama-Birmingham over Auburn, Mississippi and Arkansas State earlier this week. The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder is rated the No. 70 recruit in the Class of 2005.