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Who did we get to replace the guy that left for Texas PanAm?
We may be looking for another coach. Brannen is a candidate for a head coaching job as well.
No one yet, guys. Grant said he was in no rush.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
If CAG has vision (and there are many on BOL that have questions there), he will KEEP
Antoine Pettway on the court coaching. He is the only one on that staff that truly understands the University of Alabama and its basketball tradition/current situation.
We shall see, but Coach Pettway is currently recruiting lights-out and needs to be kept
in that situation. CAG could do far, far worse. RTR!
Alabama might lose another coach to Ut Chatty also
And if we do many will say its because that coach see's the writing on the wall and is getting out when he can. O the despair and shame.
Truth is, sport is at the end of the day all about W's and L's. No matter which side of the debate we all fall on, at some point winning consistently will be the measure which all are judged. The only question remaining is WHEN is that tipping point for each coach and his staff?
Pettway has been recruiting off campus. Not sure he had that responsibility last year.
Well, as you know BB2One, if any assistant is moving up to a head coaching job - EVEN if it is UT Pan American, you are not "trying to stay ahead of the posse".
Pett needs to get the open assistant spot. And if a second one opens up (Brannen gets UTC job) - then I don't know what direction you go in.
I will say this about the program as it stands today (May 7th) - from the last day of the season (loss to Maryland).
Despite the fact that two of our 5 new players are transfers and have to sit a year (unless Kessen gets a waiver)...we are a LOT better than we were a couple of months ago.
The loss of Lacey, Gueye and Steele (who God bless him could never get healthy) are EASILY off set by Algie Key, Shannon Hale and Jimmie Taylor.
I think Key fits our "potential" style much better than Lacey from a size, quickness, defensive and attacking the rim offense (not as good a 3 point shooter).
IMO, Hale may be the single best skill player Grant has ever signed and add in the fact that he is 6'8" - that really helps. He gives us a pick and pop option that we did not have with Nick or Mousa screening on the ball - hell, you couldn't even hit them on a pick and roll because they couldn't catch it on the move. NOBODY had to guard or account for the screener ALL YEAR.
Taylor gives us a long, quick defensive force - especially on the back end of the press.
AND, couple that with the fact that the best center prospect that we had last year (who was improving till he was hurt Dec 6) returns to the lineup. So the 4 (counting Carl) we added are a lot better than the three we lost.
Then you throw on top of that - that technically we have signed part of the 14 class who is sitting the year out. Also, these guys aren't high school malcontents who think they are ready to start at D1 basketball (even though nobody really knows how prepared high school kids are except for the very few ELITE talent)...they are players who have scored OVER 30 points in D1 games and produced night after night. Will have a year in the weight room and pipeline.
Practice and preparation just got a lot better. The scout team look for active players just became closer to real game experience.
I also appreciate Grant going after these transfers. Others would bank EVERYTHING on next year as it is make or break and maybe not pursue these guys since they can not play right away.
He's still looking to build beyond next year and that to me is a guy who is planning on winning and being around (and not short sighted).
I have been very hard on CAG - but, I like the moves the last few weeks. Very promising and encouraging.
This post was edited by Dr Sky162854 11 months ago
What do you think about the potential transfer Smith from FIU?
What concerned me was not so much thee transfers out, but the question of whether there was real leadership and planning being done off the court by CAG and staff. The recent moves and especially the possibility of Smith from FIU coming in is a pretty rapid and amazing comeback.
CAG, imo, is a good family man who will always represent UA with class, and I want to see him succeed in a big way.
I would have to see that it can come through...I know the SEC rule is that nobody can transfer with one year of eligibility without a waiver (see Alex Oriaki of Mizzou last year).
Is this kid eligible for a waiver. I do not know.
I would LOVE to add him to the roster though.
Great points Dr. Sky....
One specific assistant coach is very disliked by the current players....he is up for a head coaching job. Would not be a bad thing in players' eyes if he went....
Not trying to be argumentative, but why would the staff invite him in for a visit, and apparently offer him a spot on the team, if a conference rule would prevent him from being a part of the team next year? He sounds like a guy we could use, and should take, if things can be worked out and he determines that UA is the place he wants to be. With Key also being added to the roster, and assuming Smith can play here, our guard play should be very interesting next season. I almost hate to say it, but we could be very strong on OFFENSE, and much improved overall.
On paper, it certainly looks like 2 years from now has the potential to be a better assembled team as far as all the roster pieces being able to fit together, heck next year's team seems that way to.
To be honest, with the staff working hard to get all of these transfers in when before we didn't really go after transfers in the past, I think it is obvious that Battle has lit a fire under Grant. Which is good, sometimes a more demanding boss is just what a coach/manager needs in order to finally suceed. Let's hope it works out for Grant and our bball program, as critical as many of us have been, including myself. I would be just as happy if Grant finally became the coach we imagined him to be, versus starting over again.
My only answer for that would be that there must be a potential for a waiver. So you still bring him in for a look - work hard to help him get it. But, you'd hate not to take a swing at adding a player like this for a year.
Agreed. Please post more often.
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