Alabama Basketball: Player Previews – Trevor Releford

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
11/6: Trevor Releford
11/7: Andrew Steele

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It can’t be that easy being the little guy on the basketball team, but Trevor Releford has fit quite nicely into this Alabama team despite being the shortest player on this year’s roster, coming in at an even six feet. His two years of experience have led him to be one the Tide’s biggest talents on the court.

Before he made an impact in Alabama, Releford was making noise as a high school player. He was a 4-star recruit according to Rivals, and was a dynamic player for Bishop Leige High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Releford averaged 20 points and seven assists a game his senior year, including 24 points in the state 5A championship game that led the Stags to the title that year.

Releford began making an impact as soon as he stepped on campus. He started in 36 of the 37 games Alabama played that season, missing one game due to sickness. Of those 36 games he played, he scored double-digit points in 22 of them.  Releford also led the entire conference in the assist-to-turnover ratio among all freshman. His main feat from 2010-11 was his performance in the NIT, where he led the scoring in the tourney with his career-high 22 points against Miami and scored the game-winning basket against Colorado.

In his sophomore season, Releford’s improved stats came from the defensive side of the ball. He had 64 steals in 2011-2012, fifth-most in Alabama single-season history. He continued to be a dynamic force on the offensive side of the ball as well, with double-digit scoring in 20 games. He also led in scoring eight times last season and led in assists 12 times.

For this season, with so few dynamic, veteran players on the court, I would look to Trevor Releford to step up as a leader on this team. His defensive game should be improved, and he’s only going to get better on the offensive side of the ball, but it would be good to see him play the entire 94 feet of the court.

Overall, look for Releford to make his footprint on Anthony Grant’s team, because there is no doubt he will be playing a whole lot this season.

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Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Basketball, Trevor Releford

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