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Before you downvote, hear me out:
His first year of recruiting he signed Ben Eblin who was horrible but that was only because we had a scholarship and needed another body. Most prospects had signed or committed already.
Second year of recruiting, despite our horrible record, we got Trevor Releford whos now the best pg in the SEC. We also got Engstrom and a couple other guys including kevin durants cousin who would have helped with depth but didnt pan out for whatever reason. Every recruit he committed was out of state because the state of Alabama had no talent. We go 25-12 and the finals of the NIT.
Third year of recruiting the state of Alabama FINALLY has some decent recruits. Grant gets EVERY good talent in the state. Levi, Cooper, and 5-star Lacy from powerhouse Kentucky. Also get a top JUCO center in Gueye but he hasnt been as good as expected, but we also get Jacobs out of state and Retin from Belgium whos turned out to be a more than adequate backup. We go 21-12 and are an 8 seed in the NCAA Tourney where we lose by 1 or 2 I forgot.
Fourth year of recruiting:
he has a huge problem: we have 1 available scholarship. We wait into the summer and bet all our chips on 5-star Devonta Pollard to come to bama and fill in for graduated star J Green, and sure enough he commits to the tide. While we ended up having more scholarships available due to Eblin and Tony Mitchell leaving the team, we were far too late in the recruiting process to really get in the mix with top recruits and CAG didnt want to do what he did in his first recruiting class and offer a below average player like Ben Eblin in order to fill out his depth chart. We start off 7-4.
This years recruiting class: more scholarships to work with. We have a guy who i think is a future stud in Shannon Hale. We also got the best big man in the state in Jimmy Taylor who should be able to turn into a great player under Grant. Those guys also give us immediate depth down low. We already have plenty of guard depth, so the biggest problem we have is being addressed.
Just thought I would post that for people who are anti-Grant. I personally believe he is a great head coach, and this is merely what he has done on the recruiting trail. There is a reason Auburn basketball is pathetic.
This post was edited by sport 4u 16 months ago
Too bad he can't find a Center who is worth a s***....or a dominant PF for that matter. He can't develop talent so we have a roster full of inconsistent players.
It's not Anti Grant, it's anti losing to Mercer at home......just unfreakin acceptable. We are in a hole that Grant helped create. It's on him.
I agree, but I also trust him when he says the team played with no heart
My intention of the post was to explain how well Grant has done with such little to work with. Not too much talent to work with in the south.
Oh I believe him as well, but a team follows the identity of their coach if they trust their coach. Why are Releford, Lacey, and Cooper so inconsistent? A team is a direct reflection of their coach and for Grant to be so "structured" it is mind boggling that his team is in such a mess. Something does not add up, and Lucky has made reference before to some things we may not know about this program. He wouldn't elaborate but it definitely come across as a problem behind the scene.
Because they can get the best talents in the south because they are basketball schools that have dominated the SEC for years. Thats like asking how Alabama football is still so good. Alabama basketball was a joke 5 years ago. If you really want to see someone 'LOL' you should go up to the number one ranked recruit in the country and ask him how high Bama is on his list. Ask the same question to a football player and he'll give you a serious answer. Dont mix your basketball and football expectations. Once Grant really gets this program going then top recruits from all over the country will be a realistic goal. Thats my opinion at least.
Ive sensed something behind the scenes as well. I dont think Releford and Grant get along and I dont think Lacy and Grant get along that well either. I honestly dont think its that big of an issue tho ever since Mitchell left. Every player wants the ball more, especially if you think youre the best.
But i did hate his play call when we were down 4 to Mercer. Putting it in Jacobs hands was very stupid but we did not lose the game on that play.
If I remember correctly, Tony Mitchell committed to Bama prior to Grant's arrival, fwiw.
I stopped reading after you said he signed Mitchell. Tony was a Gottfried recruit. He failed to qualify out of High School, went to Prep School for a year and signed again with Bama in the fall before Grant arrived.
Surely I'm not the only one to suspect Mitchell's struggles to be a result of mediocre coaching and leadership.
Grant didn't recruit Tony Mitchell. He was a Gottfried signee. Grants first signed player was Ben Eblen. Once again the revisionists try to change the story of Grant to make him look good.
Ok im sorry i was shaky on the details of Grant coming in and his first recruiting class thats my bad.
But as far as Tony Mitchell, CAG definitely helped in his progression as a player, he was a lottery pick if he didnt become such a headcase.
And 4 star recruits are far less valuable in basketball than in football.
You have missed a lot of facts in your story but carry on. Keep up the good fight.
Once again, he recommited to Grant. He came in a year late which means he could have went some where else but he chose to stay with Grant. Once again, a true revisionists trying to change the story to make Grant look bad. T. Mitch didn't qualify out of high school so he went to prep school for a year. He then commited back to Grant because Mike had been released. His recruitment was reopened.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Wheeler1000 16 months ago
He's not the only one that has missed facts.
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