The Alabama Crimson Tide basketball season is quickly approaching, with the Tide hosting an exhibition game against Stillman College on November 6th. The season gets officially underway on November 9th as Alabama hosts South Dakota State as part of the 2K Sports Classic.
With the season so close, BamaHammer writers John Mitchell, Nick Jones, and Chris Dodson are previewing each of the ten players on scholarship for the Crimson Tide. Make sure you keep up with the previews as a new player will be previewed each day.
Here’s the schedule:
10/29: Retin Obasohan
10/30: Devonta Pollard
10/31: Rodney Cooper
11/1: Trevor Lacey
11/2: Nick Jacobs
11/3: Levi Randolph
11/4: Carl Engstrom
11/4: Moussa Gueye
11/5: Trevor Releford
11/5: Andrew Steele
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Anthony Grant has worked over the past couple years to mold Alabama’s basketball program into his system. Although he has been successful, this move has come at a price.
Alabama only has one scholarship senior in redshirt Andrew Steele. The Crimson Tide’s youth showed at times last year, but the talented recruits of 2011 have grown in the system and matured.
The Crimson Tide’s most experienced post player is only a sophomore, but he worked his way into a starting role last season. Nick Jacobs had his number called prematurely after both JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell were suspended indefinitely at the end of the season last year.
Jacobs held his own on the low block during conference play and in the NCAA Tournament, but he looks to improve this year. Averaging 19.2 minutes a game, Nick Jacobs was able to accumulate some decent numbers. He finished the season averaging 6.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
From many accounts, Nick Jacobs was able to work off some extra weight and has improved his agility and speed over the off-season. He will more than likely anchor the Tide’s inside presence throughout the 2012-2013 season.
Jacobs isn’t the tallest guy on the floor, at 6-8, but he showed last year that he has the moves to hold his own on the inside. If Coach Grant gives Devonta Pollard a starting role, the Crimson Tide could once again be undersized in the post. This is not a new predicament in Tuscaloosa. Last season, JaMychal Green was Alabama’s most dominate inside player and he was only 6-8.
Look for Anthony Grant to work a rotation package that includes seven foot forwards Carl Engstrom and Moussa Gueye. This rotation should provide Alabama with the needed size, while insuring that the best five players are in the starting rotation.
Nick Jacob’s sophomore season will play out much like his freshman year, if things go as planned. Jacobs has the opportunity to make himself known in the SEC. If he continues with a strong work ethic, Nick Jacobs could surprise some by the time the conference tournament rolls around.