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For those fairly close to the program is there any chance Releford looks at early entry into the NBA? Not saying he should but definitely have seen lesser talent trying to make the leap.
This post was edited by Harrison147 13 months ago
He needs to concern himself with becoming a lot better college player & team leader. That starts with him staying in Tuscaloosa for summer school & leading his team, instead of screwing off in Kansas City over the entire summer. Ditto several on out basketball team. They need to show totally dedication. They showed enough dedication this past off-season to make it to the NIT via suxing in the month of December.
"You don't always get what you want, but you always get what you deserve"
Does the "NB" in NBA stand for "Northern Bulgaria"? If not, then no, he will not be an NBA draftee this summer.
Just an observation but Rele could lose a few pounds and get in better shape. He runs too heavy and is not as fast as he was his freshman year. Seems to have lost some quickness but I'm guessing that he has been playing injured all year long. He reminds me of former UConn PG Khalid El-Amin.
As long as ny decision he makes is rational and not influenced by impatience, frustration, etc, he should be back.
Only factor that might rationally suggest he leave this year vs next is the expected relatively week pool of PGs this year vs next.
Either yer, I think his nba draft potential isn't great, so he might decide this years chances are better than next.
I really hope to see him bsvk in Ttown next year
At his size, he needs to become a much more dangerous shooter from 3 to have any chance in the NBA. I'm talking Chris Lofton/Steph Curry/etc type consistency when they were in school.
Undersized guards have a very tough time in today's NBA. Probably moreso than any other time in its existence.
If you're going to be around 6' or under you have to have really special skills on the level of a Tony Parker or Chris Paul. Most guys are bigger (not just height - but just broader) guards now - the John Walls, Mike Conleys, Russell Westbrooks, etc.
Releford will make money either in Europe or the D-League but he's not an NBA type guard right now.
Releford is a good college player with the ability to be very good on some nights, but he is NOT an NBA player and certainly not someone that should leave early unless he is done with the college experience. However, he can play in Europe for many years.
I do not believe that Alabama has one single NBA player on their roster. I have been a critic of Grant (and a critic of the college game in general of late), but a huge part of his problem is the lack of talent. When you scan the Tide roster, there's just not a lot of high impact players. The roster is OK, but no college superstars and certainly no one that will start in the NBA and I doubt very seriously make a roster. They will win some games, but when it gets late and against a "good team" (nut cutting time), they don't have any players to take over a game and it showed this year.
This post was edited by cory 13 months ago
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In terms of NBA *potential* (size, build, and skill) Lacey, coop and maybe Moose (purely on size alone - would need enormous improvement in skill and basketball IQ) really are the only ones who have NBA potential. Rele could get there but needs to take his skills and endurance to the next level to overcome his size
Moose is not an NBA prospect, nor does he have the potential to be one even with reasonable improvement. I appreciate his effort, but if you're 22 years old, 7 feet tall, and can't dunk....that's an issue. It's not like he's going to learn to be more coordinated.
Over 31 career games, he's averaged 1.5 ppg and 3+ rpg. Can he improve? Absolutely. But it would take miraculous development to make him even a serviceable player who would get a look as a free agent.
I agree on Lacey - although he will have to become much more focused and improve his game from 15 feet and in. He's not finishing well and his mid-range jumper has all but disappeared. I could see him making logical improvement and being a guy who gets signed (not drafted, but signing somewhere is possible.)
Lacey and Retin are the two guys who have a legit shot to draw attention. Everyone is a major longshot. Retin is a very skilled player.
Yes I think Travis will not only tell him to stay for his senior year, but also what he would need to work on if he wanted to test the NBA waters after that. Also work habits that Trevor would need to work on. Think about how much better his shot is this year compared to last. Now he needs to work on the physical side of the game, weight training, build some muscle mass and work on his jumping. This young man has the ability as long as he puts the work into it.
In your opinion, did BOL etc just incorrectly evaluate Pollard?
Meant to include retin. He actually may have the most potential of all.
Re moose, I know it's a stretch. He would have to continue to show Major improvement not only in skill and awareness but also conditioning.
I'm just saying that due to his size alone (not just height but he's transformed his body). If he continues along that path, someone will at least give him a look, if for no other reason than a big body to bang and block shots.
This post was edited by Bama_Lefty 13 months ago
absolutely. good upside, but nowhere near the athlete or skill package to warrant a 5-star. Should be an 70-100 kid IMO
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