Monday, July 06, 2015

Alabama Completes 2015-16 Roster with Graduate Transfer

At least, I think Avery Johnson has completed the roster. With the way he's continued to add players over the summer, you can't be too sure.

CAJ had mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the team was looking to add a graduate transfer for the upcoming season. That transfer turned out to be Arthur Edwards, a 6'6 Guard/Forward who previously played at New Mexico. Being a graduate transfer, Edwards will be eligible to play immediately upon enrolling in Tuscaloosa.

Edwards didn't light it up at New Mexico in his two seasons there. He averaged 0.9 ppg and only 8 minutes per game his first season, but his numbers improved to 3.9 ppg, 2 rpg, while playing 12 minutes per game (not terrible numbers when you consider his limited minutes) last season. Before New Mexico he played a season at Northwest Florida State College where he started 26 games, averaging 6.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg.

Those numbers suggest Edwards isn't likely to be an impact transfer in his one season at Alabama (though a need at his position will give him an opportunity to compete for minutes), but his addition does bring the scholarship limit to 13. I don't think Coach Grant ever had a full 13-man roster in his six seasons (someone correct me if I'm wrong). A full roster will help with depth in games and in practice. Depth is something that recent Alabama teams have sorely lacked. I wrote in a recent post and I'll write again that I am impressed by CAJ's apparent unwillingness to write his first season off. He's put together a full roster and he's going to give these guys a shot. I don't know about you guys, but I'm ready for basketball season.

Roll Tide! 

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