So you thought the roster was set for the 16-17 season? Well, think again! Bola Olaniyan, a 6'7, 230 lb grad transfer from Southern Illinois is headed to Tuscaloosa. Olaniyan will have one year of eligibility.
In his final season at Southern Illinois, Olaniyan averaged 7.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg (he was the 2nd leading rebounder in the Missouri Valley last season). With his addition, all 13 scholarships will be filled for the 16-17 season. When was the last time that happened?
For a team that has struggled rebounding the ball, the 2nd leading rebounder in the Missouri Valley is a welcome addition. Olaniyan will be an undersized post player in the SEC so it remains to be seen if he's as effective on the glass as he was in the Missouri Valley, but at the very least, he's going to bring quality depth to the team in practice and games.