Friday, September 22, 2017

Bama Hoops News and Notes

It's seven weeks from the official start of the 2017-18 season, but recruiting never ends. The staff is currently on the road paying visits to recruits in the 2018, 19 and 20 classes. I've been doing my best to keep up with it all, but the day job comes first. Here is what I can tell you. Click the links for video.

First things first: The SEC Network is premiering an SEC Storied documentary about C.M. Newton on Tuesday, September 26th called Courage Matters: The C.M. Newton Story. That should be good. Tune in.

Alabama has offered Malcolm Dandridge, a 4-star center in the class of 2019. Dandridge (6-8, 200) is currently ranked in 247 Sports top 100 (78) for the class of 2019. He currently attends Memphis power, East High School. That's the same school that another Bama target, James Wiseman, currently attends.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Alabama Schedules Exhibition Game With Alabama-Huntsville

The final piece of the 2017-18 schedule has been added. This evening, Alabama announced that the University of Alabama-Huntsville will come to Tuscaloosa for an exhibition game on November 6th. It's another strong addition to the schedule. The Chargers have been one of the best programs in Division II in recent years. Last season, they finished with a 26-8 record, a conference tournament championship, and were a 1 seed in the D-II tournament before falling in the Sweet Sixteen. It's a good addition to the schedule. If you're going to play an exhibition against a D-II or NAIA school, you might as well play a good one.

In other news: Jeff Goodman at ESPN announced via Twitter that Alabama will hold a pro day on October 10th. For those that don't know, a pro day is an event in which NBA scouts can visit the school and observe players take part in different workouts. Alabama has several current players on the roster with legitimate pro aspirations so this makes sense.

In other other news: the staff is currently out on the road visiting recruits for the 18 and 19 classes. The 2019 class in particular looks like the next big class for the evolution of the Alabama program under Avery. Here's a rundown of who they have visited over the past week. If I leave anyone out, please let me know in the comments section.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Tide Tipoff Event Date and Time Announced

The date and time for the third annual Tide Tipoff event, featuring both the men's and women's teams, has been announced. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 24th at Coleman. Doors open at 6 P.M. CT, with the court activities beginning at 7 P.M. Be sure to get there early as the seating will be general admission.

The game time for Alabama's home game vs Oklahoma in the Big 12/SEC Challenge will be 1:15 P.M. CT on Saturday, January 27th. ESPN will handle the television duties, but I implore any and all Bama fans in the area to head out to Coleman to support our guys in what could be a very important non-conference matchup. I expect Oklahoma to bounce back after a really difficult season a year ago when the Sooners finished with an 11-20 record.

A few quick recruiting notes: Robert Woodard II, a top 100 recruit in the class of 2018, took an unofficial visit to Alabama earlier this week.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Recruiting News; Game Times Announced; Dogs and Cats Living Together!

A few things to report today. Let's start with game times. The university has announced tip times for three games.

The season opener against Memphis in Annapolis, Maryland as part of the Veterans Classic will tip at 5:30 P.M. CT. The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. That is on Friday, November 10.

The home game vs UCF on Sunday, December 3 will be a 1 P.M. CT tip. ESPNU will televise, but that's a great game on a Sunday afternoon for fans to bring their families, friends, special lady friends, sugar daddies, hell bring an enemy or two if you like. A quality opponent, an easy tip time. No reason Coleman shouldn't be packed for that game.

Finally, the Vulcan Classic match-up vs Texas in Birmingham on Friday December 22 will tip at 8 P.M. CT. ESPN2 will handle the television duties, but this should also be a manageable game for people to make. 8 P.M. on a Friday night. If you live in or relatively close to Birmingham, you won't even have to take the day off to make that 8 P.M. tip. A great opportunity for fans to see a name brand opponent, and the court will be littered with great athletes for both teams. That should be a very fun game.