Alabama Basketball: Closing thoughts on season and ideas on 2022-23 rebuild

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Over the next few months, Nate Oats has plenty of work to do in building next season’s roster. Already known is an outstanding class of five new players is rated No. 3 in the nation by the 247Sports Composite. How good will the five be in November? All five could earn time in Oats’ often used 10-man rotation. Two of them and possibly three or four could be starters.

Their early roles will be subject to competition with returning players and maybe two or more transfers. An estimate of the 2022-23 scholarship players can be seen below. It includes JD Davison, who probably needs to return, but if mock drafts are correct, might have to take the NBA first-round money.

At the very least, Keon Ellis, James Rojas and Jahvon Quinerly will not return. Without any proof, a fair guess is Alex Tchikou and Keon Ambrose-Hylton will not return. Another, less sure guess is Jaden Shackelford will not return. Juwan Gary and Jusaun Holt might also decide to transfer.

  1. JD Davison
  2. Charles Bediako
  3. Noah Gurley
  4. Nimari Burnett
  5. Juwan Gary
  6. Darius Miles
  7. Jasaun Holt
  8. Brandon Miller – 6’8″, 200lbs. – 5-Star Small Forward; No. 11 player overall
  9. Jaden Bradley – 6’3″ – 5-Star Guard; No. 17 player overall
  10. Rylen Griffen – 6’5″ – 4-Star Guard; No. 49 player overall
  11. Noah Clowney – 6’9″, 200lbs. – 4-Star Forward; No. 58 player overall
  12. Nick Pringle – 6’9″, 220lbs. – 3-Star Forward and No. 3 overall JUCO player