Year Two of the Avery Johnson Era of Alabama basketball begins for real Friday when the Crimson Tide hosts Coastal Carolina in Coleman Coliseum at 8 p.m. CST.
Newcomers are important to the Crimson Tide, which was 18-15 last year behind the scoring of graduated All-Southeastern Conference guard Retin Obasohan. Bama provided a sneak preview of the additions to the roster in an exhibition game last week in which junior college transfer Ar’mond Davis led the Tide with 17 points, transfer Nick King had 11, and freshman Braxton Key had 10.
Alabama also welcomes the return of guard Dazon Ingram, who started early last year before suffering a season-ending injury. He had 15 points in the exhibition win over Faulkner.
Forward Riley Norris and center Jimmie Taylor are back as returning starters, and forward Shannon Hale is the team’s leading returning scorer (10.8 points per game in 2015-16).
In the exhibition game, Ingram, Taylor, Norris, and Hale were joined by graduate transfer guard Corban Collins.
Coastal Carolina, coached by former Auburn Coach Cliff Ellis, was 21-12 last year.
This is the first of seven November games that will be played in Coleman Coliseum.
Prior to the men’s game, the Crimson Tide women’s team of Coach Kristy Curry will open its season in Coleman Coliseum at 5 p.m. hosting New Orleans.
The Alabama women’s team, which has played in its original Foster Auditorium since 2011, is returning to Coleman Coliseum (where the Tide played from 1974-81) for all home games this year.
The Bama women’s team returns seven letterwinners from last year, headed by top two scorers Hannah Cook (12 ppg) and Meoshonti Knight (10.1), along with Quanetria Bolton (9.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, and 41 blocked shots) Shaquera Wade, who started 30 games as a freshman last year, also returns.
Junior Ashley Williams, a 2014 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, returns to the Tide after sitting out last year.