Monday, June 24, 2013

Transmissions from the Internet!!!!

As a wise man once said: "If it's on the internets, it must be trues."

There are some tidbits making the rounds today regarding Alabama basketball. First and foremost, Anthony Grant announced on the SEC Teleconference call this morning that the team will be taking a trip to France, Belgium and the Netherlands in August for a series of games. These games are usually a great opportunity for teams to have extra practice time and build chemistry with each other, in addition to the educational experience that comes with traveling to another country. It should be a fun experience for the team.

Anthony Grant also spoke about Devonta Pollard on the teleconference and said UA would address his status later today. I think most of us have a pretty good idea what to expect, but at least it will finally be official. We'll add an update once the news is announced.

UPDATE: As expected, Anthony Grant announced this afternoon that Devonta Pollard is no longer enrolled at Alabama due to his ongoing legal issues. 

Trevor Releford has been invited to the Deron Williams Point Guard Skills Academy. This is a series of workouts that feature the top 10 college point guards along with the top 15-20 high school point guards. The event takes place June 24-26 in Union, NJ. It is closed to the public. This is a great opportunity for Trevor to display his skills against some of the best point guards in the country as well as take notes on what he can continue to do to improve his game in preparation for what should be a big senior year for him.

Finally, Devin Mitchell - a top 100 guard from the class of 2014 - was in Tuscaloosa this past weekend on an unofficial visit as well as participating in the Alabama Elite Skills Camp. The visit appears to have gone well as Mitchell announced Alabama would be among his top 5 when he scales down his list of schools. Mitchell is from Suwanee , Georgia. He's currently rated as a 4-star prospect by the recruiting bigwigs. He's obviously in high demand as a number of schools have offered him, including Cincinnati, Georgia, Tennessee, UAB, Xavier, Butler, N.C State, Marquette and Wake Forest. The word is he can really shoot the ball and is probably a day one contributor no matter what school he signs with.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

2013-14 Non-Conference Schedule Released!

Very exciting news. The non-conference schedule has been released for the 2013-14 season. And it's a doozy, folks. In addition to the games we already knew about (Oklahoma, Texas Tech, NIT Tip off, Wichita State, Xavier and UCLA), Alabama will also travel to Tampa to play South Florida (first one to 40 wins that one), will host a very tough mid-major in Robert Morris (knocked off Kentucky in the NIT), will host Charleston Southern for the second straight year, and will also host North Florida. The NIT has yet to announce their bracket pairings so we don't know yet who will travel to Tuscaloosa for those games. Here is a link to the official site.

It's a very solid schedule with a good mix of home, road and neutral games. Most importantly, there are actually some compelling home games this season (Texas Tech, Wichita State and Xavier), which should generate some early excitement for the casual fans. The schedule should also add some pop to Bama's RPI as some or most of these teams should represent themselves well in their respective leagues.

What are your thoughts on the schedule?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Belgium Got Game

Belgium Got Game is Belgium's largest basketball event, a 5-on-5 tournament that showcases some of the country's best basketball talent, aged 16-23. Bama's Retin Obasohan would certainly be considered part of that group. Though he is not taking part in the event this year, Retin was interviewed for the event while he was at home in Belgium after the conclusion of the season.

A redshirt sophomore, Retin appears poised for a breakout season after becoming an integral part of the rotation down the stretch in 2012-13. The interview focuses on Retin's thoughts on improving yourself as a player, differences between playing in Belgium and the United States as well as promoting the Belgium Got Game event. It's very illuminating, and paints Retin as an incredibly sincere and intelligent young man who understands what he must do to succeed, not just in basketball, but life in general. Check it out.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Andrew Steele update

Great article from the Anniston star explaining Andrew's new job working for a charity.  We should all be proud to have someone like Andrew representing the University and Alabama basketball.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Schedule News: Alabama/Xavier on December 21st

I know it's hard to get jazzed up about the schedule after the news concerning Devonta Pollard today, but Xavier will play in Tuscaloosa on December 21st. Not sure yet if it's a home-and-home series, but I assume it is. It's yet another strong addition to Alabama's non-conference schedule for next season. However, with two players transferring out and now the Pollard mess, it's a fair question to wonder who will be left on the Alabama roster to actually play these games?

Pollard Charged with Conspiracy in Kidnapping

Link to Reports out of Meridian

This is very unfortunate for everyone involved, obviously.  A couple of things to remember before everyone starts trashing Devonta, 1) Just because someone is arrested and charged, does not necessarily mean they are guilty.  2) Conspiracy could be a lot of things.

Assuming the allegations that his mother kidnapped the child because of some sort of property dispute with child's parents are true, Devonta may have been placed in a very tough position.  His involvement could have been anything from providing her with a getaway car to helping her hide from police.  Even if true, and while I'm not saying its right, some of the things that could result in a conspiracy charge would be things a lot of people would likely due to try to protect their own mother in that situation.

There were rumors that he would transfer anyway, and I would speculate this makes his return to UA next season highly unlikely.  Supposedly he was looking to go closer to home.  It appears to me that he would have been well advised to get as far away from home as possible.