JaMychal Green's Suspension Lifted
Following Alabama's return from the Paradise Jam in which the Crimson Tide lost three games, Coach Anthony Grant announced that JaMychal Green had been suspended indefinitely and would not practice with the team. Bama won home games against Alabama A&M and South Alabama, but was beaten badly at Purdue in Green's absence.
Grant said that while Green had returned to the team in practice last week ("Thursday or Fridsay") that Green would not start against Providence.
Alabama, 4-4 overall, will play at Providence (9-2) at 2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. central time) Saturday with national television coverage by ESPNU.
Green is Alabama's second leading scorer at 13 points per game and is averaging 5.0 rebounds per game. The junior from Montgomery was a pre-season All-Southeastern Conference selection.
Grant said, "I don't see whether it really matters if he starts or not. I don't consider that a big deal."
The coach said the reason he would not start is that it will take him time to get caught up with his teammates because of the practices he has missed. Grant said that Alabama has "made adjustments as we've moved on." He said Green would have to get "comfortable" with those changes and to adjustments made by the other players who have assumed new roles.
Green's teammate, Senario Hillman, said, "Everyone is happy with JaMychal coming back. I think he will help us a lot. I know coming back he'll lay hard and we have to play hard too. He's one of the big pieces of this team."
Grant said the team had returned to practice Tuesday as the squad has been working around final examination. Coleman Coliseum is set up for mid-term graduation exercises and both the Tide men and the Alabama women's team of Coach Wendell Hudson were to practice at newly-refurbished Foster Auditorium Thursday.
Grant said the focus for Alabama has been to play good defense and on offense to limit turnovers. "That has been the big issue all year," he said of the turnovers.
"We talk about how we have to value the ball and we don't," he said. "Not taking anything away from Purdue, we had too many turnovers that were our fault. We have to understand doing the little things."
Alabama is expected to continue with a starting lineup that has freshman guard Charles Hankerson starting in place of Green. He'll be joined by Bama's leading scorer and rebounder, Tony Mitchell, who has been playing power forward in Green's absence. Mitchell is averaging 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and just missed by one rebound of having his third consecutive double-double against Purdue. Mitchell has averaged 15.3 points and 12.3 rebounds in those past three games. Also starting will be wing Senario Hillman, post player Chris Hines, and point guard Trevor Releford.
Providence is led by Marshon Brooks (averaging 22 points and 8.7 rebounds per game) and Vincent Council (16.7 points and 7.0 assists per game).
Alabama won last year's game against Providence by the deceptive margin of 84-75. There were 16 lead changes and the Tide trailed late in the game.
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