What should we expect from Alabama basketball this season?
Alabama basketball has been on the rise for the past few seasons, and they should continue to rise in 2020. In the first year of the Nate Oats era, the Crimson Tide showed promise with a few young players. They return many veterans from that team while also adding talent through recruiting. However, they will be without Kira Lewis, who is now a New Orleans Pelican.
With all of this in mind, what are some bold predictions for Alabama this basketball season? Like every other team in the country, they will be looking to bounce back after a shortened 2019 season. Can they succeed? Let’s start with our most basic prediction.
3. Herb Jones will develop a jump shot
We have been talking about this since Collin Sexton was in Tuscaloosa. Herb Jones is one of the most versatile defenders in college basketball. He can switch any screen, lock down on wings and draw charges with the best of them. However, his fatal flaw has been scoring.
His defense and motor have kept him on the court. He even played with a cast last season, showing how important his defense is to this team. However, he can’t be considered an offensive threat. He can attack the rim, but he does not have any range. We have always wondered if he can do enough to force defenses to respect his jumper. After an extended offseason, I believe that he will do just that.
Nate Oats values shooters. Herb Jones came back to college to specifically work on his shot. At this point, it’s now or never for the senior. This is certainly bold, but I believe we will see a different Herb Jones offensively.