It's time for another exciting offseason post full of news and notes that you have likely already read or heard about. Thank you to those that continue to visit the site anyway. We don't love you, but we really do like you a lot.
Let's get the bad news out of the way first. Diante Smith, the 4-star G/F that was the first commitment of the 2019 class has decommitted from Alabama three weeks after he committed on July 4.
🚨 After talking with my parents, I’m officially reopening my recruitment back up 🚨— Diante Smith DS5™ (@D5SHOW) July 24, 2018
PLEASE RESPECT MY DECISION ‼️
No reason was given for why Diante made this decision, and I'm not going to speculate. I wish Diante well moving forward. Meanwhile, the recruiting wheel continues to spin. More about that in a moment.
We received more news regarding the non-conference schedule on Wednesday when Jon Rothstein tweeted that Alabama will begin a home-and-home with mid-major power, Stephen F. Austin. The first game will be played this season in Nacogdoches, TX on December 30.
Alabama and Stephen F. Austin will start a home-and-home series on December 30th in Nacogdoches, per a source. Return game in Tuscaloosa in 19-20.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 25, 2018
SFA won 28 games last season, won the Southland Title, and made it to the NCAA Tournament. They return their top three scorers so they are expected to be good again. This is a unique home-and-home that Avery has scheduled (you typically don't see power conference teams schedule home-and-homes with mid-majors), and it's a road game, particularly in the midst of the holiday season, that will be a difficult one for the team. The good news is that, assuming SFA is as good or better than they were a year ago, this is a great opportunity for a quad one or two win, and not a resume crusher should the team fail to leave Nacogdoches with a win.
Here's how the non-conference schedule currently looks:
Nov. 11 - Appalachian State
Nov. 15-18 - Charleston Classic
Nov. 29 - at UCF
Dec. 9 - Arizona
Dec. 21 - Penn State
Dec. 30 - at Stephen F. Austin
Jan. 26 - at Baylor
TBD - Murray State (my guess is this will the Rocket City Classic game)
Recruiting never stops. The staff recently offered Samuell Williamson, a 4-star forward from Rockwall, TX. Williamson (6'6, 180 lbs) is currently ranked 51 in 247's player rankings. Kansas is the current favorite for Williamson, but he's got offers from power schools across the country.
To celebrate my ninth offseason post, here's the Shazam's cover of the Beatles' "Revolution 9". Toodles.