Alabama Basketball Practice Underway

The 2013-14 Alabama men's basketball season is officially underway as the team held its first two practices of the year at Coleman Coliseum.

Alabama had its first practice Saturday with the second practice of the new season on Monday afternoon in the basketball practice facility.

New NCAA rules for this season moved the start of team practice earlier in the fall – from 30 days prior to the first game of the season to 42 days. The Crimson Tide's first regular-season game will be on Nov. 8 in Dallas, Texas against Oklahoma.

The Tide returns eight letterwinners and three starters from last season's 23-12 squad that finished tied for second in the Southeastern Conference.

Five of the top seven scorers return from last year's NIT quarterfinal team, led by First Team All-SEC and All-District performer in senior guard Trevor Releford. The Kansas City, Mo., native topped the Crimson Tide last season in scoring (14.9 ppg), steals (2.1 spg), three-point field goal percentage (.407) and minutes (33.2) per game.

Junior guard Rodney Cooper returns as the team's second-leading returning scorer after averaging 10.2 points per game a year ago. He also led the team in rebounding with 4.5 boards per contest.

Other top players from last season include junior guard Levi Randolph (8.1 ppg and 4.2 rpg), junior forward Nick Jacobs (7.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and sophomore guard Retin Obasohan (3.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg).

Junior center Carl Engstrom, who received a medical redshirt last season, has recovered from a knee injury he suffered early last year and will supply added depth to the post players.

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