Bama b'ball signs two to NLI

TUSCALOOSA, AL University of Alabama head men's basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced the signing of Kendall Durant and Jason Carter to National Letters of Intent for the 2010-11 season.

"What excites me is that both Kendall and Jason are high-character individuals that come from great families," said Grant. "They have the character, values and work ethic that we want as the foundation of our program. They're committed to the team and to winning."

Durant, a guard, will join the Crimson Tide after spending the last two seasons at Weatherford Community College in Weatherford, Texas. A 6-3, 185-pound native of Washington, D.C., he averaged 16 points per game for WCC this past season and 15 points in his freshman campaign. He is rated a three-star recruit by and the cousin of NBA standout Kevin Durant.

"Kendall is a young man we've known for three years," said Grant. "We feel like he is a great addition to our backcourt and adds a level of skill and athleticism as a combo-guard. He possesses the ability to stretch defenses from beyond the arc and a threat with his ability to create off the dribble."

Carter signs with the Tide as a 6-8, 230-pound forward from Christian Life Center Academy in Humble, Texas. Carter originally hails from New Orleans, La., but was displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

As a senior, he averaged 14.6 points and 10.0 rebounds in leading Christian Life Center Academy to a 30-1 record. He is ranked as a three-star recruit and No. 107 nationally by

"Jason brings great size, skill and a level of physicality and toughness to the frontcourt," said Grant. "His ability as an inside-out player will be a very good addition to our team."

The pair joins Trevor Releford and Charles Hankerson, Jr., who signed with Alabama during the early period in November.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics