Four-star Class of 2016 shooting guard Kobie Eubanks, out of Delray Beach Elev8 Institute in Florida, has committed to play for former NBA coach Avery Johnson at the University of Alabama.
“I have waited a long time to make this decision,” Eubanks said. “First off I want to thank God, my family and my coaches at Elev-8 for helping me. I’ll be attending the University of Alabama.
“It’s a great school with great academics,” Eubanks told Scout. “The program is on the rise. It’s in a conference that I like. I was sold on the vision and passion of coach Avery [Johnson]. I’m excited to go there and be a leader and be a part of the organization. I’m exciting to be apart of coach Avery’s first recruiting class.”
Eubanks had originally committed to Baylor last year, but reclassified due to transcript issues and de-committed. Apart from Baylor and Alabama, Eubanks had also received offers from a myriad number of schools including Kansas, Oregon, Kentucky, Wichita State and Texas, among many others.
At Alabama, he’ll play shooting guard as well as some small forward.
Eubanks will now join an Alabama squad that has struggled since the resignation of Mark Gottfried in 2010, though the Crimson Tide did make the NCAA Tournament under Anthony Grant in 2012.
Just the same, the team did not advance past the Round of 64 and has not made significant progress in the big dance since Gottfried led it to the Elite Eight in 2004.
Hopefully, combined with Johnson’s feisty nature, Eubanks can help Alabama take the next step forward and make some more noise in the competitive SEC.
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