The state of Alabama is FINALLY taking hoops seriously!
Gotta think CAJ will pull some juco recruits or some transfers.
I really hate to see Devin leave, and it makes me question again why the poor kid wasn't redshirted this past season. The guy loses a year of eligibility, and I'm not sure he played 40 minutes total all season. The good news is I saw it mentioned on Twitter that Shannon Hale is not expected to transfer, which makes me hopeful Jimmie is also sticking around. Others that seem to be on board for next season are Retin, Justin and Riley. Hopefully Mike Kessens and Jeff Garrett stay as well.The 2 guard spot is wide open. With the two transfers, the roster needs some serious attention for next season. Plenty of offers have been made to great players in the 2016 and 2017 classes (Avery is swinging for the fences, and is not being tentative about making offers. I don't think he's going to have trouble meeting the scholarship limit), but the current team needs shooters and some post depth. Cecil Hurt has posted several tweets about Willy Kouassi possibly transferring to Alabama. Kouassi graduated from Central Park Christian, signed with Auburn, transferred to Kennesaw State, and has transferred from there with one year of eligibility remaining. He didn't put up staggering numbers at Kennesaw, but the team needs size and he's 6-10, 230. As of right now, who is the go to guy for Bama next season? It will be very interesting to watch how the roster takes shape going into next season. Dazon Ingram is supposed to make his decision on Friday, and I'm still holding out hope that Bama is able to make a serious late push for Malik Newman due to the Mo Williams influence.
if CAJ could get Newman in the boat and hire Lynch, we could say he got the program successfully jump-started. especially considering the late date he GOT started thanks to Battle's bumbling search.
Several sources hinting Willy Kouassi will come on board
04-14-15 Ferrall On The Bench - Avery Johnson Interview http://cbsloc.al/1CLEcYq
"I set my goals pretty high, and I had some great coaches along the way that taught me the fundamentals. I've always said, If you have fundamentals, you can play with anybody. And it carried on into Carolina. Coach Smith stressed fundamentals the most. When I watch college games today, I'm not only looking at the guys scoring 20 and 15. I'm looking to see if they box out every time, if they're helping their teammates defensively. You'd be surprised how many programs that don't teach that. And kids, you know, they're losing games and you're trying to explain to them why, and it's the little things that make the good teams great and the bad teams good. Once they learn the fundamentals, I think kids can play with anybody because you can neutralize the athletic ability."- George Lynch
explanations:http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/04/devin_mitchell_post.html#incart_related_storieslevel-headed kid explains a lot.
i've always said that there's Michael Jordan athletic ability everywhere. the difference was what's between the ears.
Reading the tea leaves, I believe Dazon will Roll with the Tide.
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20150415/NEWS/150419697/1015?p=1&tc=pgexcellent piece by Cecil. (as usual)I now wish CAJ hadn't made the "fence around the state" remark. now everyone's watching the decision of a 3 star recruit and tying The program's (CAJ's) immediate success to it.
ok: http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/04/mr_basketball_dazon_ingram_wan.html#incart_riveras visuals go, Alabama is a winner again. since Coach Avery was hired, he's won the presser with raving reviews, he's brought home an early get signing Ingram and started building that "fence around the state" in recruiting. the trade off?? we lost Tarrant and Mitchell to transfer.in the past i've suspected Alabama's manipulated circumstances after transfers to alter perception and change the narrative. i find that near impossible to believe here and there's just no way to negatively spin a recruit with Alabama and Kentucky hats on the table putting on the Crimson Tide cap. while Ingram is only a three star recruit, he is Alabama's Mr. Basketball. it's also a fact John Calipari apparently contacted Dazon and asked him to wait about signing. he did and chose Alabama anyway. had Calipari shown interest earlier in the process it probably would have bumped Ingram up to a four. but let it sink in, guys. Avery Johnson just beat John Calipari out for a recruit. the ONLY way that could have been better is for Alabama to have signed Ingram AND hung on to Ricky Tarrant. Tarrant is an experienced player and will be missed this coming season.but again, we just signed a recruit Kentucky and the great John Calipari wanted AND contacted. it's like they're now 38 and 2. as our current Vice-President once accidentally said into a hot mic, "it's a big fucking deal". and it is, guys. it is.and i'll tell you another one, too. signing day has passed and 5 star Malik Newman hasn't told us no. forget Bruce Pearl. fuck Auburn. UAB too. we're competing with Kansas and Kentucky for recruits.and that IS a BIG FUCKING DEAL.
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