Alabama Inks No. 3 Overall Ranked Signing Class During Early Signing Period

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Head coach Nate Oats announced five additions to the Alabama men’s basketball program who have signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their playing career with the Crimson Tide. The signees include five-star prospects point guard Jalen Bradley (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy) and Brandon Miller (Antioch, Tenn./Cane Ridge HS), along with four-star Noah Clowney (Roebuck, S.C./Dorman HS), Rylan Griffen (Richardson, Texas/Richardson HS) and JUCO standout Nick Pringle (Seabrook, S.C./Dodge City CC).

Both Bradley and Miller are two of the highest-rated prospects to ever sign at Alabama and combine to mark the first time Alabama has signed two five-star players in the same class. According to 247sports.com dating back to 2000, Bradley ranks as the program’s third-highest ranked signee (No. 11 overall) to come to the Capstone, while Bradley (No. 18 overall) is the sixth-best.

2022 NLI Signing Class Notes

  • Ranked No. 3 overall signing class according to both 247sports and Rivals, which is the highest-ranked signing class in program history
  • Third consecutive top-15 signing class and second-straight top-10 for head coach Nate Oats since arriving on campus
  • Marks the third year in a row landing at least one 5-star signee (JD Davison in 2021, Joshua Primo in 2020)
  • Second consecutive ESPN No. 1 point guard signed (Davison & Bradley)

Nate Oats on 2022 Early Signing Class: “We are really excited about this class. We feel like we were able to sign players who are all going to be able to help us next season. There was a lot of time spent by our coaching staff evaluating guys to bring in who are going to fit within our system and they each embody characteristics of the culture we have built during our time at Alabama. We are more than thrilled with all five of these guys in terms of being high character young men who have great basketball ability. This is the first full class we were able to bring on campus for visits since we’ve been here. For us to have one of the top-ranked classes in the nation and mix that with the type of kids we are bringing in, we could not be more excited about the future of the Alabama basketball program.”

Jaden Bradley | PG | 6-3 | 185 | ROCHESTER, N.Y. (IMG Academy)

  • Joins Brandon Miller as a 5-star recruit and is the No. 1-rated point guard in the 2022 class and the No. 8 overall rated player in the ESPN 100
  • Ranked by 247Sports as the No. 3 point guard and No. 18 overall prospect in this year’s class
  • Before transferring to IMG in 2020, he led Cannon School (Charlotte, N.C.) to a 27-6 record and their first state championship since 2006, scoring 27 in the championship game
  • Averaged 23.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.9 steals on his way to being named the 2020 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year
  • Also earned first team all-state and conference player of the year honors as a junior
  • During the 2021 Nike EYBL circuit, he led all players with 6.1 assists per game, while also collecting 17.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game
  • The IMG product has attended prestigious academies and camps including CP3 Elite, Under Armor SC30, Pangos All American, USA Training Camp and NBPA Top 100 Camp
  • Chose Alabama over Arizona, Gonzaga, Kentucky and Florida State, among many others

Nate Oats on Jaden Bradley: “Jaden is the No. 1 point guard in the nation, and it was huge for us that we got his commitment first. There are a lot of other good players who want to play with an unselfish, pass-first point guard like Jaden. We think he is next in the line of great point guards since we’ve been here at Alabama following in Kira Lewis Jr., Jahvon Quinerly and JD Davison’s footsteps. Jaden is a proven winner and that is something that is important to us during recruiting, not just getting talented players. He comes from a great family and we are really excited to have him a part of our program for numerous reasons.”

Brandon Miller | F | 6-9 | 200 | Antioch, Tenn. (Cane Ridge HS)

  • One of the top-rated players to ever sign at Alabama who is ranked as the No. 3 small forward in the 2022 class and the No. 11 overall player nationally by 247Sports
  • ESPN ranks him as the No. 13 overall player and No. 4 small forward in the 2022 class
  • 2021 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year and the No. 1-ranked prospect in the state
  • Averaged 24.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game for Cane Ridge, leading the Ravens to a 15-1 record and a Class AAA state championship game
  • Named First Team All-State by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association
  • Invited to the Nike Elite 100 camp as freshman and attended the Pangos All-American and NBPA Top 100 Camp
  • As a junior he averaged 23.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.6 blocks and 2.3 steals on his way to earning 2020 Tennessee Boys Basketball Player of the Year by The Tennessean
  • Suited up for Bradley Beal Elite in the Nike EYBL and averaged 12.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest
  • Led his team to the Peach Jam­­ championship game and stood out as one of the top performers at the event, earning Second Team All-Peach Jam honors
  • Father, Darrell Miller, played tight end for the Crimson Tide and under Gene Stallings in the early 90s
  • Announced his commitment live on CBS Sports HQ and chose Alabama over Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Auburn, Tennessee State and playing professionally

Nate Oats on Brandon Miller: “Brandon is a very talented and versatile player. I don’t think you can put a position on him and we feel he is one of the best pro prospects in the entire class. We are really excited to get him in our system and see what he can do. He is a 6-9 basketball player that can do everything. We’ve recruited him for a long time and have gotten to know him and his family well. We are beyond excited to get a player of his caliber in our program.”

Noah Clowney | F | 6-10 | 210 | Roebuck, S.C. (Dorman HS)

  • Rated as the consensus No. 1 prep player in the state of South Carolina
  • Rivals considers him a 4-star player who is ranked No. 7 power forward and No. 43 overall
  • Plays for legendary coach Thomas Ryan at Dorman High School
  • Led Dorman to a 21-5 record as a junior while averaging 15.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks across the 26 contests
  • Attended the NBPA Top 100 Camp in the summer of 2021 where he was ranked among the top 10 players at the event where he was able to showcase his intensity and two-way skills as a post player
  • Played AAU ball under Team Dickerson Celtics under head coach Demond Stephens
  • While playing against elite competition on the AAU circuit, he averaged 17.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game
  • Chose Alabama over Indiana, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Georgia Tech, among others

Nate Oats on Noah Clowney: “Noah is a skilled big with size and the ability to stretch the floor with his shooting. He is a great athlete with a lot of upside. He plays for one of the top programs in the state of South Carolina and we place a lot of value on that. Noah is going to be a good fit in our system. He has the ability to play inside-outside, take guys off the dribble and can play with his back to the basket.”

Rylan Griffen | SG | 6-5 | 180 | Dallas, Texas (Richardson HS)

  • One of the top shooting guards in the nation
  • Rated as a 4-star signee and the No. 5-ranked shooting guard for the class of 2022 by 247Sports
  • Led Richardson to the 6A state semifinals averaging 22 points, 4.9 rebounds and four assists per game in his junior year before
  • Put up big numbers against elite competition on the AAU circuit over the summer, averaging 17 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for Team Trae Young
  • Proved himself as one of the most polished scorers in the Adidas 3SSB circuit, where he showed off his elusive finishing ability and an impressive stroke from deep
  • Attended the Pangos All-American Camp last summer
  • Chose Alabama over offers from Kansas, Oklahoma State, Georgia and Kansas State, among others

Nate Oats on Rylan Griffen: “Rylan is a very talented scoring guard. We feel he has a high ceiling and by playing in our system he will be able to maximize his potential. We like long, athletic shooters like Rylan who has proved he has the ability to score at a high clip this last summer. He is also a proven winner coming from Richardson High School, a program that consistently wins at a high level and is considered one of the top teams in Texas this year.”

Nick Pringle | F | 6-9 | 220 | Seabrook, S.C. ( Dodge City CC/Wofford)

  • Rated as the No. 1 JUCO power forward and No. 2 overall JUCO prospect by 247Sports Composite
  • Began his collegiate career at Wofford and collected his first and only career double-double with 17 points and 11 boards against Carver College
  • Shot 59 percent from the field his freshman season while totaling 30 points and 32 rebounds
  • Originally signed with Wofford College out of Whale Branch High School
  • Helped lead Whale Branch to the 2A state title game, capping the semifinal victory with a monster two-handed jam before scoring six points in overtime to seal the win
  • Grew from 6-2 as a high school sophomore before plateauing at 6-9 as a senior
  • Named 2A All-Region team after averaging 10.0 points and 10.0 rebounds a contest
  • Named first team all-state and selected to the Carolinas Classic All-Star game in 2020
  • Shined in AAU ball with Team TMP, wowing coaches with his versatility on both sides of the ball
  • Chose Alabama over Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arizona State and West Virginia, among others

Nate Oats on Nick Pringle: “We are very excited to sign such an athletic and skilled big man like Nick. He already has college experience both at the D-I and junior college levels. We have a history of success with junior college players here, particularly finding ones who may have flown under the radar, similar to James Rojas and Keon Ellis. We think he gives us a different dimension in the frontcourt. He may be the most versatile and athletic forward in all of junior college basketball right now. We are looking forward to adding an experienced frontcourt player to the roster next season.”

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