Alabama Basketball's Mark Sears named Second Team All-American

SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals
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The incredible season for Mark Sears continues as he's been named to the Second-Team All-American. Sears has racked up the accolades in 2024 making the First-Team All-SEC, Second-Team All-American, and was named as a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award. The guard was named to the Second-Team by both the Associated Press and Sporting News.

It's been an impressive season for the Muscle Shoals native scoring 21.1 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, and 4.1 assists per game. Sears has been an efficient shooter all season, shooting 43.1% from three, 50.4% from the field, and 86.1% from the free throw line.

Heading into March the Tide will need Sears to elevate to another level if they plan on making a deep run in the tournament. The team has shown it struggles defensively all season meaning the Tide will need to win every game with their explosive offense. The Tide's region of the tournament is filled with some of the nation's best scoring guards meaning Sears will need to hit another level defensively.

The team's build is flawed in a way with the offense's focal point being an undersized guard compared to the modern era of scoring wings. The ability to score in the paint for Sears makes his feats all the more impressive when competing in as physical a league as the SEC is.

Can Mark Sears elevate to the next level in March?

The Alabama Basketball team will need incredible offense for six games to win a National Championship this March. To do so the team will need Mark Sears to elevate above his impressive 21.1 points per game. The bigger ask will be getting solid defensive play out of Sears as the Tide drew a guard-heavy region of the tournament. Even against still competition, in every game, Mark Sears has a chance to be the best player on the court. If Sears can continue to be the best, the Alabama Crimson Tide will have a shot at cutting down a championship net.