By LARRY VAUGHT
Alex Tchikou, a 6-11 center who reclassified to the 2020 recruiting class, will play next season at Alabama.
I watched him play at both the Marshall County Hoopfest and McCracken County Mustang Madness last year for Dream City Christian (Az.) and loved his skill set and personality.
Tchikou, a native of France, had a number of big-time offers and picked Alabama over Oregon, Saint Mary’s, St. John’s, Arizona, USC, Florida State, Illinois and Mississippi State.
Alabama coach Nate Oats has quite an interesting recruiting class now with shooting guard Darius Miles, Canadian wing Josh Primo and Canadian forward Keon Ambrose. Alabama also brought in Yale grad transfer Jordan Brunner.
I watched Tchikou knock down 3-point shots and handle the ball a lot better than most players 6-11 do. He’s also a solid rebounder and rim protector.
He came to the United States at age 16 — like many in France he grew up playing soccer — and made no secret of his feelings about Kentucky basketball
“When I came to the U.S. for the first time I had a list of schools that I wanted them to offer (me a scholarship). I pretty much have everybody I wanted. I am just missing Kentucky,” he told me in December.
“I have another year in high school but I am still open for recruiting. I definitely have some schools that have set the tone and really interested in me but Kentucky is a school I want to hear from. There’s just something different about Kentucky basketball.”
Now he will get to go against the Wildcats next year in SEC play.