Nov. 14, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
University of Alabama head men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant
announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, during the first day of the early signing period. Center Jimmie Taylor and forward Shannon Hale are slated to join the Crimson Tide on the court for the 2013-14 season.
"We are very excited to have Jimmie and Shannon sign National Letter of Intent’s with the University of Alabama today,” Grant said. “They are both outstanding young men who come from quality families. They also have a passion and excitement level for Alabama and our basketball program.”
Taylor is a four-star recruit and brings an inside presence for Grant’s squad next season. The cousin of former Tide standout and Southeastern Conference Player of the Year (2002) Erwin Dudley, Taylor is rated as the No. 6 center in the nation and No. 30 overall prospect by rivals.com. In March of 2011, he was selected to the USA Developmental National Team, and has twice been named as a 3A first team all-state performer.