Bama Hoops can’t lose with NBA Draft Decisions

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After dominating the spring 2024 transfer portal and recruiting scene, Alabama Basketball is awaiting decisions from two more key members of its rotation. All-American guard Mark Sears and freshman forward Jarin Stevenson are both testing the NBA Draft waters and will receive feedback from professional scouts before deciding if they want to return. 

It goes without saying that these two could drastically alter the ceiling of the 2024-25 team. This past season, Sears was easily the best player on the team and became one of the best players in school history. He would undoubtedly be the head of the snake on a much better and deeper Bama squad if he came back. 

Stevenson played a key role off the bench in the Alabama frontcourt. He even started five games as a freshman who didn’t turn 18 until just before the season started. Should he return to Alabama, he would likely be in conversations as perhaps the best 6th-man in the country.

Jarin Stevenson already has NBA length and measurables at 6’11”, and his ability to stretch the floor would add a different dynamic to the Tide’s front line. He would start on most high-major college basketball teams, but Alabama is one of the few exceptions with the refurbished frontcourt of Grant Nelson and Cliff Omoruyi.