October 29, 2007

Meet the Tide: Justin Knox

With the start of hoops season just around the corner, BamaOnline presents Meet the Tide, your official introduction to the newest members of the Crimson Tide basketball team. Today we meet the first of the Tide's three newest members.

"It's been a great environment so far. I love the vibe I get from my teammates and the whole campus. I'm just loving it right now."

"When I was a kid I used to always watch them but I never really dreamed I would come here. Then when colleges started to offer me I realized it was a reality and I knew that going to Alabama was the best choice for me."

"They are expecting me to play big, especially during SEC play and that's going to require me to grab rebounds, help out when Richard is in foul trouble, anything I can do to help the team."

"I think my strength is my jumpshot. I've worked hard on it and feel good about it. Hopefully I can use it to bring the defense out a little and set up my teammates for some good looks."

"When I came here I was 220 and now I'm 240 so I've put on a lot of weight and I think it's helped out a lot."

"I studied the games a lot from last year and watched how Jermareo and Richard played together and ran the offense together. I plan on helping Richard the same way this season and try to fill Jermareo's shoes as much as I can."

"Richard's been a great mentor to me ever since I came on my official visit. He's like a big brother to me and to the whole team really. He's always giving me advice and teaching me new things I can add to my game."

"As of right now, a lot of people may not think he's ready to come and contribute right off the bat but I have a lot of confidence in him. He likes to learn, he works hard and he doesn't complain. I'm hoping he'll be right alongside me playing and leading this team soon because he's got a lot of talent and a lot of potential."

"He wants to be better and he makes me push myself to be a better player everyday."

"He's an intelligent guy and a good guy. You don't have to worry about him being responsible on or off the court. He's going to do what he has to do to get better and help the team win."

Tim's Take
BOL recruiting analsyt Tim Watts gives his thoughts on Justin Knox.

"Justin wasn't a well known guy heading into the AAU season last year but his improved game and maturation between April and August was pretty impressive. He gained some confidence, got his feet underneath him and showed the potential that would land him close to 10 offers. His senior year he continued that momentum and he has a chance, over time, to develop into a strong UA post presence. Practicing everyday against Hendrix won't hurt."

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