The Alabama basketball offseason is just a few weeks old, and the team list already looks quite different from the group that played against Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament. From the transfer portal to the NBA draft, it has been a busy time for the transaction transfer, and there are still a few key dominoes to drop.
Three weeks after the season ended in San Diego, let’s take a look at who’s coming, who’s going, and who still has a decision to make.
First the math.
Alabama has 13 scholarships like all other men’s basketball teams. It used all 13 last year.
We should note that this list is subject to change as basketball players have until May 1st to enter the transfer portal and one has entered this week so everything is written in pencil.
- Those scholarship players who have not yet indicated a departure or are considering a …
- F Noah Gurley: 14 starts, 6.8 points pr. camp, 3.5 rebounds
- F Darius Miles: 2 starts, 5.8 sides, 29.4% 3-point shooting (25-for-85)
- C Charles Bediako: 30 starts, 6.7 pages, 4.3 revolutions, 51 blocks
- G Nimari Burnett (Tore ACL before the season after transfer from Texas Tech).
Only having three returning players who participated last season is not ideal, but not quite as bad as LSU, whose entire list either became professional or entered the portal.
Alabama has the benefit of the highest rated signing class in program history coming this fall. The five-man group was rated No. 3 by both 247Sports and Rivals highlighted by McDonald’s All-Americans Jaden Bradley and Brandon Miller.
- F Brandon Miller
- G Jaden Bradley
- G Rylan Griffen
- F Noah Clowney
- F Nick Pringle
And the transfer portal works both ways. After picking up both Burnett and Gurley last season, Alabama picked up his first incoming transfer in this cycle on Thursday.
This is where the water gets murky because there is still a lot to establish here. Let’s start with the players who have officially entered the transfer portal.
- F Juwan Gary: 16 starters, 6.5 ppg., 3.4 rpg.
- G Jusaun Holt: 0 starter, 0.7 ppg.
- F Keon Ambrose-Hylton: 0 starter 1.0 ppg.
- F Alex Tchikou: 0 starter, 0.0 ppg
None of these traits were shocking, as only Gary was a starter at any point in their Alabama career. Holt and Tchikou got exclusions last season, and Ambrose-Hylton played fewer games as a sophomore than as a freshman.
Tchikou was the No. 65 ranked player in the 2020 signing class, but an injury put him out of the game as a rookie and he had only three pointless appearances last season. He saw no action after playing three minutes against Miami in late November.
Then there’s the NBA draft. So far, only one underclassman has written his name into the process.
- G Jaden Shackelford: 32 starts, 16.6 sides, 35.1% 3-point shooting (101-for-288).
The left-leaning guard came in last year before pulling his name out, entering the transfer portal and returning to Alabama.
He said he hired an agent this time, but it is not clear if it is an NCAA-certified agent who would allow him to return if he wanted to leave the process.
And there is a senior who is about to graduate and move on.
- F James Rojas: 3 starts, 5.4 ppg.
Who still decides
This is where things get complicated. With all the previous moves, and provided Shackelford will not be in Alabama next fall, Crimson Tide sits on 10 scholarship players.
- And there are three of the highest-profile players still making decisions for the 2022-23 season.
- G JD Davison: 6 starts, 8.5 assists, 143 assists (for 95 turnovers)
- G Keon Ellis: 33 starts, 12.1 sides, 36.6% 3-point shooting (67-for-183)
- G Jahvon Quinerly: 27 starts, 13.8 pages, 137 assists (for 98 turnovers)
All three could pick the NBA draft and it would be shocking if all three were back in Tuscaloosa next season. Ellis and Davison have opted for the second round of mock drafts, while Quinerly comes after a hot and cold junior season.
A torn ACL inflicted in the NCAA Tournament’s loss to Notre Dame could affect the decision-making process.
It is also worth noting that both Quinerly and Ellis participated in senior day activities in February, but the players have returned for another season after participating in the past.
This is an evolving process, but we wanted to give you the reset three weeks after the 2021-2022 season ended. The sequel to Crimson Tide’s 2021 SEC title race was not quite what everyone expected, so Nate Oats enters a great fourth season with a few key pieces in the air.
Here’s a quick diagram that helps explain everything as it stands now.
|N. Gurley||B. Miller||J. Gary||JD Davison|
|D. Miles||J. Bradley||J. Holt||K. Ellis|
|C. Bediako||R. Griffen||Ambrose-Hylton||J. Quinerly|
|N. Burnett||N. Clowney||A. Tchikou|
|N. Pringle||J. Shackelford|
|M. Sears||J. Rojas|