Collin Sexton decision going down to the wire?

Individuals with knowledge about the recruitment of Class of 2017 point guard Collin Sexton by both Alabama and Kansas told the Journal-World on Wednesday that neither side knew, as of late Wednesday, whether the No. 7-ranked player in the country, according to Rivals.com, was going to pick them.

Rivals.com reported earlier Wednesday that sources had indicated that Sexton’s decision could come down to the wire. If it does, that should make for a very interesting afternoon Thursday, as the 6-foot-1, 170-pound, five-star prospect is slated to announce his decision on ESPNU at 5 p.m. central time.

Although the Mableton, Georgia, guard made official visits to Oklahoma State and NC State, and even kept alive in-state programs Georgia and Georgia Tech, recruiting analysts for weeks have had this pegged as a race between Alabama and Kansas.

Sexton, who has made it clear that he would sign in the early signing period — which began Wednesday and runs through next Wednesday — announced his decision date two weeks ago and has had nothing but great things to say about both Alabama and Kansas.

A source said Wednesday that Sexton came to a decision on Monday after sitting down with his family and coaches. But the same person said late Wednesday night, that it appeared that Sexton had not informed either program of his decision.

Widely regarded as one of the most dynamic and talented players in the class, Sexton is seeking immediate playing time and an opportunity to develop his game into NBA-ready status. While both Alabama, led by former NBA player and coach Avery Johnson, and Kansas, led by Mr. Draft Lottery, Bill Self, seem to have that going for them, only one has a campus located reasonably close to Sexton’s home town.

Whether that proves to be a critical factor or not remains to be seen, but unless Sexton decides to put things on hold, we’ll know one way or another later today.

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Benny Armstrong

The desire for immediate playing time to get NBA ready indicates to me that Sexton will likely go to Alabama. There aren't a whole lot of players that come to KU and unseat veteran guys in the rotation, especially at the guard position. Looking ahead at next year, Newman is going to be the starting point guard with his experience in college and having spent a year in practice learning the offense and what the staff expects, and Vick will likely be the starting 2. That's not even considering the very slim possibility that Graham is back for a senior year.

I want to continue going after the best talent available and I'll be excited if he signs with us, but I'm not overly optimistic based on the above factors that are supposedly going into his decision. I believe we would be better served to go after another program guy that can develop and be ready to take over after Newman leaves, but I'll trust that Self knows what he's doing and is up front with Sexton on the situation/expectations at KU if he came here.

All that said, I'll be ready to eat crow if he picks KU. RCJH

10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Joe Joseph

At 6'5, Vick could also end up playing the 3.

If it's really down to KU and Alabama, and he is genuinely concerned about not being able to start at KU, then don't you think he would have trimmed KU from the list?

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Joe Ross

Tuscaloosa is 2.5 hours by car from Sexton's home. He'd be playing a lot closer to home if he chose Alabama. There is also the lure of reliance on Avery Johnson who, unlike Coach Self, has played in the NBA and perhaps has better contacts there. On the other side of the scale you have Kansas who has scouts scouring our program for gems. As Matt notes, we have built a pipeline for players going to the NBA. And Sexton's college experience would be a hundred times better at Kansas than at Alabama. It would be a hard choice if it were me, but I think I would choose Kansas--especially if his parents had some way of living temporarily in Lawrence.

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David Leathers

I'm willing to bet that Avery and Self have a lot of the same contacts. Ol' Billy boy has been in the game for a while.

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Dale Rogers

When you turn out quality players year after year you can bet it's not so much which contacts the college coach has as it is how many nba staff are in contact with the college coach to discuss his thoughts on his players.

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Eliott Reeder

With Frank, JJ, and most likely Svi gone, even if Devonte stays, there's no reason that Devonte, Sexton, Newman, & Vick wouldn't be able to co-exist and have plenty of minutes to go around in the back court. Vick can slide to the wing, so the primary rotation of Devonte, Newman, and Sexton at the 1 and 2 would be perfect. If Devonte DOES leave, there will be TONS of playing time available.

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Benny Armstrong

I agree that there will be plenty of playing time available in the back court based on your projections, but don't think there will be enough for someone like Sexton to feature and get enough minutes to merit jumping to the draft as a one and done. Self plays guys he trusts, and that typically doesn't include freshman unless absolutely forced into that situation either through amazing talent (Wiggins, Embiid, Jackson), or personnel shortage like Tyshawn starting as a freshman.

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David Leathers

Self does play guys he trusts, but if you look at history he's trusted freshmen guards earlier in the season than the freshmen bigs. (See: Frank Mason, Devonte Graham, Tyshawn Taylor, Sherron Collins, Mario Chalmers)

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