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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

October 31st, 2006

By Joel Welser

jwelser@collegehoops.net

Broadcast Basketball

 

Alabama Crimson Tide

 

Overall Rank: #14

Conference Rank: #3 SEC

 

2005-06: 18-13, 10-6, 2nd (t) West

2005-06 postseason: NCAA

 

The key for Alabama will be its perimeter shooting.  Ronald Steele is one of the best point guards in the nation and a decent long range shooter, but the wings failed to hit the long ball with consistency.  Alonzo Gee and Brandon Hollinger have experience starting on the wings, but neither are major long range threats.  That job will fall on the newcomers and if they start knocking down the long balls, the new guys could take over the starting roles.

 

Who’s Out: Forwards Chuck Davis, Jean Felix and Evan Brock have exhausted their eligibility.  Davis averaged 15.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14 games last year and his attempts at another year of eligibility were thwarted by the NCAA.  Felix stepped in nicely during his senior campaign and provided depth for the undermanned squad.  Brock, who started 20 games, averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 boards during his senior campaign.  Guard Justin Jonus started five contests last year before opting to leave the program.

 

Who’s In: The lack of depth last year caught up to Bama and, with a solid group of newcomers, that shouldn’t be a problem this year.  Yamene Coleman, Avery Jukes and Demetrius Jemison will add the depth in the paint.  Coleman is a tremendous shot blocker who used his redshirt year to gain strength and is now ready to find some minutes.  Jukes can face up and hit the short jumper and his rebounding prowess could earn him a little playing time.  Jemison is a little undersized, but is a tough player who will contribute before his time in Tuscaloosa is up.  Verice Cloyd, Mikhail Torrance, Justin Tubbs, Mykal Riley and Greg Cage will provide some much needed depth on the wings.  Cloyd is an athletic, high scoring guard who, with a little more consistency on the outside shooting, could be an effective starter.  Riley, a transfer from Panola College in Texas, will use his experience to work his way up the depth chart on the suddenly crowded wing spots.

 

Who to Watch: Outside of Steele, the strength of the Tide is up front with Jermareo Davidson and Richard Hendrix.  Davidson averaged 14.3 points and 8.9 rebounds last year and thought about making the jump to the NBA.  Luckily for Bama fans, Davidson is returning and improvement is expected from his frontcourt mate Hendrix.  Hendrix added 9.4 points and 8.0 rebounds as a freshman and is a solid defender as well.  Steele might get all the press, but the frontcourt combination of Davidson and Hendrix could come to dominate the SEC.

 

Final Projection: If any of the wings can step up, Alabama can make a deep run in March…or April.  Steele, Davidson and Hendrix are solid, but experienced depth will become an issue.  Ten of the 14 players on the roster are underclassmen and two of those four upperclassmen haven’t played a game for Alabama.  The talent is there for a surprise, but so is the inexperience and questions for a huge disappointment.  The truth, as usual, lies somewhere in between and that leaves us right around the top of the SEC West and a trip to the second weekend of the dance. 

 

Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA

 

Projected Starting Five:

Ronald Steele, Junior, Guard, 14.3 points per game

Verice Cloyd, Freshman, Guard, DNP last season

Alonzo Gee, Sophomore, Forward, 8.6 points per game

Richard Hendrix, Sophomore, Forward, 9.4 points per game

Jermareo Davidson, Senior, Forward, 14.3 points per game

 

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