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
11/9: Andrew Steele
The elder statesman of Alabama’s basketball team is senior guard Andrew Steele. Steele also just so happens to be the key to the Crimson Tide machine with all the ways he is able to contribute on and off the court.
Problems with concussions had seemingly cut Steele’s basketball career in Tuscaloosa short, but he made a miraculous comeback in the middle of last season. He made his return on January 3rd against Georgia Tech and never looked back. He played 25 minutes per game after returning to the team.
Steele is one of the leaders of the team as the lone senior of the bunch, and he can do it all on the floor. He was one of the Tide’s most efficient players last season as he shot 49% from the floor.
He isn’t a guy that is going to go out and score 20 points per game, but he is a guy that almost always makes the right decision with the basketball. He won’t force a shot he doesn’t have to take. He was second on the team behind Trevor Releford with 2.7 assists per game. He also averaged 6 points and 4 rebounds while consistently being one of the Crimson Tide’s best perimeter defenders.
Steele missed Alabama’s exhibition game with an injury, but he is expected to play in the Crimson Tide’s season opener tonight.
He will be counted on to make a major contribution in his final season in Tuscaloosa (we think). Steele has been one of my favorite players over his years with the program because of his effort. You never question whether he is going to give you everything he has. He is going to give 100% and lay it all on the line each and every time he steps on the hardwood.
I guess you could call him the “garbage man” of Alabama basketball. He isn’t going to put up big numbers, but he is going to do everything it takes to win basketball games. A lot of his contributions will not show up in the box score, but rest assured that Andrew Steele is one of the most important players Anthony Grant has at his disposal.
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