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John Petty commits to Alabama Crimson Tide

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Petty was a player that UK had been eyeing from the very beginning

Five-star shooting guard John Petty has officially announced his commitment to the University of Alabama.

Petty, a 6'5" product of Huntsville, Alabama, is ranked 25th overall by ESPN in the high school recruiting class of 2017. He is ranked the No. 5 shooting guard in the nation by the 247Sports Composite.

Last season, Petty averaged 19.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals while leading J.O. Johnson to a second consecutive 5A state championship, which helped him earn the Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year Award.

Petty has been deadlocked between the Crimson Tide and Kentucky for the mass majority of his recruitment. John Calipari and company had a good lead on Petty early on, but Avery Johnson made a full swing and ultimately got Petty to buy in.

Petty took his first and only official visit with Alabama back in August. After previously having official meetings scheduled with Kentucky, Petty wound up postponing and eventually canceling his trip to Lexington.

Petty sets up what could up an outstanding class for Avery Johnson in 2017. The Tide have already gotten early-signing day commitments from two guard Herb Jones, big man Galin Smith, and power forward Alex Reese.

Now Petty rolls into town along with a commitment from the second best point guard in the class, Georgia product Collin Sexton. We can surely count on Alabama becoming a big threat in the SEC in the near future.

Petty was a player that Kentucky had been eyeing from the very beginning. Going back months ago, he was almost guaranteed to be Calipari's first major commitment of the 2017 class. Unfortunately, the Cats lose out on a good one.

This still leaves a glaring desperation, that Kentucky needs to get more backcourt talent for 2017.