One of the state's top basketball players signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday and will stay close to home for college.

Hale County guard Herb Jones became the first official member of Alabama's 2017 signing class when he sent in his LOI on the first day of the early signing period. The 6-7 guard is the 5th-ranked player in the state and a top 100 player nationally on 247Sports.

As a junior, Jones averaged 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.1 steals, and 2.6 assists for the season.

Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson has the 24th-ranked class for 2017 after signing Alex Reese and Galin Smith as well on Wednesday. He might take that class into the top 5 with Collin Sexton and John Petty announcing their decisions on Thursday.