Feb. 14, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal (23) shoots in front of Alabama Crimson Tide center Moussa Gueye (14) during the second half at Coleman Coliseum. Florida won 61-52. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE

Alabama Basketball Player Previews: Moussa Gueye


Feb. 14, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Florida Gators forward Patric Young (4) is defended by Alabama Crimson Tide center Moussa Gueye (14) during the first half at Coleman Coliseum. Florida won 61-52. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE

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
11/5: Moussa Gueye
11/5: Trevor Releford
11/5: Andrew Steele

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Alabama’s 7-foot center Moussa Gueye is well-traveled to say the least. The native of Senegal transferred to Alabama last year after playing at Lake Land College in Illinois. Gueye was rated as one of the top junior college centers in the nation and as a 4-star prospect by Rivals.

Gueye didn’t have a picture-perfect start to his Alabama career. He tore his ACL early in the offseason last year and was expected to miss the whole season. After only 125 days of rehab, Moussa Gueye made his Crimson Tide debut against Jacksonville in Tuscaloosa.

Although he played a limited role last season, Gueye earned some playing time and some valuable experience. He started three of the last six games that he played in last year.

Moussa Gueye isn’t going to light up the scoreboard, but he will provide some added depth and size to Anthony Grant’s team. In only twelve games last year, Gueye averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Gueye’s size and play style makes him a much bigger defensive threat.

Gueye lacked conditioning and endurance last year and has worked this offseason to improve in these aspects of his game. With a year under his belt in Tuscaloosa along with a full offseason, Moussa Gueye should be ready to fire on all cylinders.

Moussa Gueye could be the X factor for the Crimson Tide this year. Alabama has proven depth and skill at the guard positions, if Gueye steps up on the low block, the Crimson Tide could be a very balanced and successful team.

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