| RECRUIT 🏀 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ C (6'11", 215lbs) Charles Bediako commits to Alabama

B

Bama News



One of the top big men in the class of 2021, Charles Bediako is the latest in what has become a long list of Canadian players to make waves in the United States.

Headed to Bradenton (Fla.) IMG for his senior season, the 6-foot-10 big man has great size and a body to carry much more muscle to go along with plenty of ability as a low post scorer and rebounder.

Down to a final 10 of Alabama, Baylor, Duke, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas and USC, Bediako would be a huge pickup for any of them. Today, we rank the contenders for the No. 22 player in the rising senior class.

1. ALABAMA
Asking around about Bediako, two programs come up the most and the Crimson Tide are one of them. Nate Oats and his program have ample playing time available and they’ve done a great job of surrounding Bediako’s recruitment and covering all their bases with him.
Recruiting is on the rise in Tuscaloosa and they’d really like a primetime big man to feature like Bediako. They landed
Keon Ambrose-Hylton and Josh Primo from his UPlay summer program during the 2020 recruiting cycle and may be the slightest of favorites to win out again in 2021.
 

BamaFan334

Verified Member
Crimson Tide Club
Messages
9,427
Does Oats have a rapport with Canadian players since he coached at Buffalo and likely recruited that area? Kind of like Sarkesian and his West Coast ties? Never seen many Canadian players at all, muchless multiple on one team.
 

TerryP

Thread Starter
Ivory Club
Messages
48,376
Does Oats have a rapport with Canadian players since he coached at Buffalo and likely recruited that area? Kind of like Sarkesian and his West Coast ties? Never seen many Canadian players at all, muchless multiple on one team.
There was an award given out last week recognizing how Alabama has recruited Canada. You're right...contacts he established working at Buffalo.
 

Brandon Van de Graaff

A defensive deity, inventor of the Concussion.
Ivory Club
Messages
22,883
Does Oats have a rapport with Canadian players since he coached at Buffalo and likely recruited that area? Kind of like Sarkesian and his West Coast ties? Never seen many Canadian players at all, muchless multiple on one team.

Between the basketball and baseball rosters, we are going to need a Canadian Embassy on campus soon. As Terry mentioned though, Canada is a stone's throw from Buffalo. Buffalo to Toronto is about like Birmingham to Huntsville.
 

TerryP

Thread Starter
Ivory Club
Messages
48,376
I had the chance to catch up with four-star big Charles Bediako at IMG Academy over the weekend, and the conversation reinforced a few things I already believed. The new bit of information, however, was that the touted center plans to announce his college decision “sometime during the NCAA Tournament.”

Bediako said he is still considering Alabama, Texas, Duke, Michigan and Ohio State. He also said he plans to evaluate how each of his finalists play in early March before making the call later in the month. But his body language, word choice and facial expressions made me think the FutureCast I entered weeks ago remains the smart bet. Sometimes, you can read a lot between the lines.

Bediako seems downright smitten with Nate Oats and the Alabama staff. And while I always hesitate to use the word “lock” because there’s no such thing, it’s gonna take some serious work (and luck) for anyone to steal the 6-foot-11 star away from the Tide at this point.
*****
 

Top