Green Suspension Will Continue
Alabama Coach Anthony Grant said Monday that he and JaMychal Green had been in conversations over the weekend about what Green needs to do in order to again be a part of the Crimson Tide basketball team. As would be expected, Grant did not specify what Green must do—just as he did not specify what Green did to earn a suspension.
But Grant did say that Green is not practicing with the team and would not be playing when Alabama hosts South Alabama Wednesday. The Crimson Tide will host the Jaguars at approximately 7:30 p.m. CST Wednesday in Coleman Coliseum. The game will follow the Alabama women's team of Coach Wendell Hudson playing against Alabama State at 5 p.m.
The suspension of Green, Alabama's leading scorer at 13 points per game, was announced prior to Bama's 76-50 win over Alabama A&M last Saturday. Even without Green, Bama dominated on the backboards and in the paint. Green is a junior from Montgomery who has been a three-year starter and who was pre-season All-Southeastern Conference.
Andrew Steele, a 6-4 sophomore guard from Birmingham, has not seen action this year. Steele, who started the first six games last season before being lost for the year with an ankle injury, has been hampered this season by knee soreness. Grant said Steele was scheduled to meet again with team doctors to determine a course of action.
Alabama evened its record at 3-3 Saturday. Bama is 3-0 in Coleman Coliseum. South Alabama fell to 2-3 Sunday with an 80-65 loss at the hands of LSU.
With Green benched last Saturday, Alabama started a relatively small lineup with wing player Charles Hankerson (6-5 freshman) joining point guard Trevor Releford (6-1 freshman), wing Senario Hillman (6-2 senior), forward Tony Mitchell (6-6 sophomore) and Chris Hines (6-8 senior).
Grant said that he thought Hankerson "did some good things" and that he expects Hankerson to build from his experience.
Mitchell was the Tide leader with 12 points and a career high 15 rebounds. He is averaging 12.8 points per game and a team-best 8.5 rebounds per game. Hillman had a game-high 15 points and Releford a career best (albeit brief career of six games) seven assists. The freshman has a 2:1 assist:turnover ratio.
Coach Ronnie Arrow's South Alabama team is led by Tim Williams, who averages 16.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Wednesday's game will be Alabama's last in Coleman Coliseum until December 15 as the Tide goes to Purdue Saturday and to Providence on December 11.