Alabama added more firepower and depth to its frontcourt on Friday in the form of 6-foot-8 center Javian Fleming. A hard-nosed big man, Fleming chose the Tide over Georgetown, bringing a college-ready frame and motor to the SEC program.
“I like Alabama because of where they are headed,” Fleming said. “I like the way they improve every year as a team and as a program. The Alabama staff is a big thing that I like, too, because they remain in contact with me so much with their calls and texts. We have a great relationship.”
The second commitment in the 2018 class for Avery Johnson, Fleming is a strong center that can slide between either frontcourt position and produce accordingly. He has developed more of his face-up game within recent months all while remaining a force on the glass and finishing through contact near the low post.
While Alabama is set to return all of its frontcourt pieces following this season, there is a chance the Tide could lose Braxton Key earlier than expected for the NBA. Donta Hall is due to emerge at the four this winter while Alex Reese, Galin Smith and Daniel Giddens remain underclassmen on this season’s roster.
Fleming will be joined by Rivals150 commit Jared Butler next fall in Tuscaloosa. The Tide becomes the seventh SEC program to boast at least two pledges in the 2018 class as the initial signing period begins next Wednesday.