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.


finebammer said...

does anyone have an update on the recruitment of Issac Hayes of Hokes Bluff (Rivals #58) and Riley Norris of Albertville (Rivals #95)?

word is since 'Bama offered them they've been getting lonely. a vacuum UAB has been more than happy to slide into.

Msmilie said...

Norris has had at least two visits to Alabama and I've read nothing to suggest that he doesn't remain a high priority for the staff. However, his stock is soaring and a lot of major schools are now showing interest in him. UAB will be the least of Alabama's worries in landing him.

Haas has never seemed to show much interest in Alabama despite their offer so I've never considered him a viable target. Things can always change, but I'd be surprised if Bama could land him.

finebammer said...

well, word i'm getting from the grapevine is haas and norris both play on the same aau team and have become best buds as it were. norris wants to play at 'bama but hasn't heard from them lately. rumor has it if haas committed to UAB right now norris would go with him.

but i'm sure you know better, happy.

Msmilie said...

I'm sure I do....

DJC said...

Your grapevine is incorrect. They do not play on the same AAU team. Riley Norris plays for Team Thad whereas Haas plays for Alabama Challenge. UAB hosted a play date last week for a number of high school teams, and I understand that both Norris and Haas were there. Haas eliminated Alabama (along with auburn and miss state) very early in the process.

crimsontider said...

Not to sound stalkerish or anything, but if the staff is not calling or sending letters to those guy's constantly, they are not going to get them. You have to recruit persistently.