Nearly one year ago, Randy Norton was hired to be UAB's head women's basketball coach.

In a few months, his son Nick will join him in Birmingham for the next few years.

Nick Norton, who spent his senior year at Bloomington Central Catholic (Ill.), verbally committed to sign with head coach Jerod Haase and the UAB men's basketball team this spring. Norton is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound point guard who led his team to a state championship and earned all-state honors.

"It's nice, but more importantly, it's just how I felt about the school and the system and the staff," Norton said. "Having my dad here is just like icing on the cake. It makes it a lot better."

Norton was offered by UAB recently and made his official visit this weekend. He connected with the coaches right away, he said, and "knew it was the right place to go" after meeting the players.

Norton told his parents that he was leaning towards making a commitment on his visit, but "when it actually happened, they were very excited."

Norton said he's done with his recruiting. He took an official visit to Wisconsin-Milwaukee earlier this year and was also considering Bradley, UC-Davis, Boston College and Boston University.

UAB needed another ball handler with one of its two remaining slots for the spring signing period.

"They pretty much just said that they need a guy that can just get everybody involved and run the offense, which I love to do," Norton said. "Get out in transition, find open guys and get everybody involved."

Norton should have a chance to compete for minutes right away. He said he's 100 percent over a torn right ACL suffered in Feb. 2013, and rehabbed that injury in Birmingham last summer to get ready for his high school senior season. He said he'll get bigger after working out with UAB strength coach Cory Schlesinger.