Anthony Grant and his staff at Alabama are still on the prowl for a big man from the class of 2011. They got their big man on Thursday, it just turns out that they won't be able to use him for a few years after sophomore forward Shannon Hale picked the Tide.
A four-star prospect who hails from Johnson City (Tenn.) Science Hill, Hale is a quick and athletic 6-foot-7 power forward who liked what he saw during a recent unofficial visit.
"I visited last weekend and was just really happy with everything I saw," Hale told BamaOnLine.com. "I love Coach Grant's coaching style and the way his teams play on the court. I like an up-tempo style of play and really have a good relationship with Coach (John) Brannen."
A standout on the summer circuit with Charlie Benson's Tennessee Travelers program, Hale can run the floor, faces up to 12 feet and has plenty of room to improve his strength and skill.