Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Rumor: Alabama will open 2015-16 season vs Kennesaw State

This rumor is courtesy of The Owl Howl, a Kennesaw State fan site. If this rumor is true the Avery Johnson era will begin in Coleman Coliseum against the Kennesaw State Owls from the Atlantic Sun conference.

Kennesaw State finished with a 10-22 record last season, prompting a coaching change and a great hire in former Rhode Island and Boston College coach, Al Skinner. For those of you unfamiliar with Skinner's career, he led Boston College to 7 NCAA tournaments in his 13 seasons with the school. A rate of success that the program hasn't come close to matching since they unfairly (my opinion) fired Skinner following the 2009-10 season, just a year removed from his final NCAA appearance.

From a coaching standpoint, this will be an interesting first test for Avery Johnson. On the court, I must admit limited knowledge of the Kennesaw State roster, but it does appear they return their top two scorers from last season, Yonel Brown (15.2 ppg, 2.8 apg, 1.2 spg) and Nigel Pruitt (12.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg). From a talent standpoint, it should be a successful beginning of the Avery Johnson era, but the presence of a proven coach like Skinner adds some intrigue to this game.

I will update this post once the game is confirmed.

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