Alabama Basketball Men Honored

Alabama has an unusual -- and admirable -- policy regarding post-season men's basketball awards. The Crimson Tide of Coach Anthony Grant does not present a most valuable player award, although a few individuals are recognized for their achievements. The premise is that basketball is a team game, not an individual competition.

Alabama showed improvement in 2011-12, even with freshmen playing a key role and with a number of key suspensions. Nevertheless, Bama made it to the NCAA Tournament and finished the year with a respectable 21-12 record.

Alabama's annual awards presentation, held on Tuesday in Coleman Coliseum this year, recognizes Crimson Tide players for its efforts on and off the court. Bama players, coaches, and staff were joined by more than 400 supporters from the Tuscaloosa Tip-Off Club, which sponsored the event.

Head Coach Anthony Grant spoke to the group. In addition to recognizing the entire team and staff, special praise was given to the team's two departing seniors in standout forward JaMychal Green and manager Brooks Merrill. Green and sophomore point guard Trevor Releford were also acknowledged for earning All-SEC accolades.

Individual honors and comments from Grant:

Student-Athlete Award – Retin Obasohan

"This young man, in my opinion, went above and beyond. He had an outstanding first semester with a 4.0 GPA and has done a tremendous job during the second semester. He sets the type of example that we want this program to be about."

Outstanding Freshman – Levi Randolph

"We had so many freshman that contributed in big ways this year at significant points in the season. I look at the complete body of work over the course of the year going back to last summer. Over the course of that year, this young man was consistent with his enthusiasm every single day from the practice to court to his focus during games and his willingness to do whatever was asked of him to help our team be successful."

Hustle Award – Andrew Steele

"This award to me, is the combination of many things this year. About a year ago we didn't know if this young man was going to play again. What he provided to our team was much needed leadership, stability and a willingness to do the things necessary to put himself and the team in a position to be successful. He was a calming voice on court and in a sense, he went from being a student-coach to being a player-coach because of the impact that he had on the team. He certainly was a huge part of the success we had this year."

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