January 12, 2010
Hankerson fired up about Tide
Miami (FL) Coral Reef shooting guard Charles Hankerson didn't need to see the Alabama Crimson Tide in action under new head coach Anthony Grant before he made his decision to commit to the Tide. But now that he's had the chance to see the Tide in action (with an 11-4 record midway through the season), the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Hankerson feels as good about his decision as ever.
"I felt really good about my decision to go to Alabama as soon as I made it and I haven't changed my mind one bit," Hankerson said. "I'm all about Bama, no more calls or visits from anybody else. I'm very happy with my choice."
"I got a chance to drive up to the Old Spice Classic and see them play and I was really impressed. Mikhail (Torrance) and JaMychal (Green) are playing great this year and the whole team just looks like they are really coming together and forming a new identity. I can't wait to get there and help out."
Meanwhile in Miami, Hankerson is developing into a leader for his young high school teammates and finding a way to make plays nearly everywhere on the floor.
"My team is doing okay. We're a really young group and we're sort of in a rebuilding stage right now. It's fun to watch our guys come together and get better and better every week. Right now, I'm trying to be a vocal leader and a guy that my team can turn to for anything whether it's scoring, handling the ball, making the right pass, defense, anything they need me to do."
"Coach Grant has always been impressed with my perimeter skills but what he has always told me was the thing he liked most about me was that I'm an all-around player. That's something that's important to him for everyone he recruits at any position. You've got to be able to do whatever the team needs you to do at any time and that means being good at every aspect of the game, not just being great at one thing."
The nation's No. 34 shooting guard, Hankerson plans on joining the Tide for the summer session and getting to know his future teammates and future campus before things begin to heat up in the fall.
"My plan is to finish out my senior year and then enroll in summer classes at Alabama. I want to get started as soon as I can so I can start to get used to college life and start to become a member of the team."
While Hankerson has been keeping an eye on Alabama basketball, he was also rooting on the Crimson Tide football squad as they claimed the BCS National Championship last week. Hankerson said he believes having a championship program on campus will benefit all the school's athletic programs.
"It was really great seeing Alabama win the national championship in football. Not only does it bring publicity to the school but it also gives all the rest of the teams at Alabama great motivation. We all have something to look up to and something to aspire to right there on campus with us. We can learn a lot from what that team did to be successful. I want to help bring Alabama basketball to that same level and I want to help Coach Grant win a championship."
Hankerson picked the Tide over offers from Auburn, Virginia, UCF, USF, Tulane, Rice and VCU.
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