Jan 29, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guard Levi Randolph (20) makes a pass during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena. Alabama defeated Arkansas 79-68. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-US PRESSWIRE

Alabama Basketball: Player Previews - Levi Randolph

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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Of all of the starters that played on last year’s Levi Randolph might be the most underrated one of them all. Randolph started in all but one game last year. Now, as one of Bama’s sophomore, Randolph looks to become a dynamic guard that Alabama needs him to be.

Before he came to Alabama, Levi was a highly-touted player, rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals from Bob Jones High School. Rivals had him as the 30th best player in his class and the 8th-best guard. He averaged 20 points per game and led Bob Jones to the 6A title his junior year.

Last year, Randolph played very well on both sides of the ball as a freshman, leading the Crimson Tide in 3-pointers seven times last season. But his most impressive stat comes from his rebounds. Randolph led the Tide four times in rebounds, and had as many as nine last season. He’s the top perimeter rebounder with 3.9 per game.

Randolph is excited about starting this season after his performance last year.

“It’s exciting. having played last year,” he said recently. “I feel like I have a little bit more experience, just having a year under my belt. It’s very exciting to able to come in and know what to expect.”

Randolph will work to improve his rebounding game this season. He’ll also need to work on his shooting game to become the dynamic guard he needs to be.

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