Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-17 Stats HS Stats: 28.3 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 2.1 SPG
Why They Are Here?
Collin Sexton is a dynamic, multi-purpose guard that has been dominating play at the high school level over the past few years. Sexton will be playing under Avery Johnson at Alabama this year; a school that has turned their basketball program around in a very short time. With fellow 5-star guard and #22 player in the 2017 ESPN Top 100, John Petty, joining Sexton at Bama this season and the return of 4-star forward, Braxton Key, there is a lot to look forward to in Tuscaloosa other than football! Collin Sexton’s versatility as a quick-offensive minded guard has turned him into a physical freak in the open court. In the McDonald’s All-American game, Collin Sexton played the most minutes out of any recruit with 23 minutes, scored 8 points, tallied 7 assists, and recorded 4 steals as well. He also participated in the Slam Dunk contest and drew the attention of a lot of people on social media when he threw down a 360-windmill dunk to win the contest. Overall, Sexton is a unique, physical beast that should flourish in Coach Avery Johnson’s system at Alabama.
Role on This Year’s Team
Coming in as one of the highest rated players in the country, I would be shocked if Collin Sexton is not starting for the Crimson Tide. He is easily the best passer on the team and one of the most prolific scorers entering the NCAA. Collin’s ability to not only run the court, but see every person on the floor is something that a coach cannot teach. Lonzo Ball took over the college basketball world last season on the court with his no look passes and passes only a wizard could make. Well, that “wizardry passing” will be on display in Alabama this year. Although Sexton struggles at times on defense, he can be annoying for the opposition because of his quick hands and feet. He immediately turns steals into points at the other end, so turnovers will cost you against him. Collin Sexton is a guy that can completely change the national view of Alabama basketball and bring them back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.
College Season/NBA Prospect
There is no doubt in my mind that Collin Sexton will be the Crimson Tide’s leading scorer at the end of the season and could give Kentucky’s freshmen a run for SEC Freshman of the Year. He is just so talented on the court and sees the game differently from others. The way Sexton conducts himself on the court and the way he envisions the game is such a show to watch. Having G John Petty and F Braxton Key around him, will take a lot of the burden to carry the team off of Sexton’s back and allow him to play his game. The experienced leadership on Alabama’s basketball team and having a head coach that is spectacular, is a formula for a fun and intriguing team to watch. On my 2018 NBA Draft Big Board, I currently have Collin Sexton ranked as the best pure point guard in the draft and #7 overall. Unless Sexton suffers an injury (hopefully not), there is no reason he should not be a Top 10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. With today’s NBA transitioning into a more fast paced and players being more offensive-minded, Collin Sexton is just what some NBA teams are looking for. Expect to see a different Alabama team in the SEC this year and expect them to challenge the best in the SEC! Look out Kentucky, Alabama is stepping out of the shadows!
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