ALABAMA LANDS COVETED 5-STAR GUARD JOSHUA PRIMO

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Alabama basketball landed a commitment from coveted Canadian guard Joshua Primo on Friday morning.

The Crimson Tide secured the services of the Toronto native after being among his top suitors for several months. With a 4-star composite ranking on 247Sports and a 5-star 247Sports ranking, Primo is the highest-rated prospect that Nate Oats has landed at Alabama.

Primo announced his decision via Twitter.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">112% Commited 🐘🔴⚪️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RollTide?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RollTide</a> <a href="https://t.co/YHCx6y0Lj2">pic.twitter.com/YHCx6y0Lj2</a></p>
<p>— Joshua Primo (@JoshuaPrimo4) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoshuaPrimo4/status/1243553722812203008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 27, 2020</a></p></blockquote>”}}

Alabama landed Primo over Creighton, Ohio State, Oregon and others.

Primo joins 4-star power-forward Keon Ambrose-Hylton as Alabama’s only committed players in the 2020 class. Ambrose-Hylton signed with the Crimson Tide in November of last year.

Alabama may employ Primo’s talents right away since guards Kira Lewis Jr. and John Petty Jr. recently announced that they will enter the NBA draft process while preserving their eligibility. While both players could still return next year, Oats told reporters earlier this week that he is preparing for life without them.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">Nate Oats <a href="https://twitter.com/nate_oats?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nate_oats</a> says John Petty and Kira Lewis will both place names into NBA Draft. “We may not have either of them back. There’s so much up in the air.” Says it will be “a pleasant surprise”if either returns. <a href="https://twitter.com/AlabamaMBB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AlabamaMBB</a></p>
<p>— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) <a href="https://twitter.com/CecilHurt/status/1242469220669145090?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 24, 2020</a></p></blockquote>”}}

Oats also told reporters that he is working to reshape Alabama’s roster to fit his fast-pace, physical style of play. He specifically mentioned adding “athletic guards” and “guys that can finish at the rim,” according to The Tuscaloosa News’ Cecil Hurt. Primo seems to fit that bill as a 6-6,180-pound guard who is known for his explosiveness.

With the potential of Lewis and Petty leaving, Primo may not be the last prospect Alabama lands this recruiting cycle.

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