Younger Steele Emerging

While Ron Steele is trying to get healthy in his junior campaign at Alabama, his younger brother, Andrew, is flourishing as a junior at John Carroll (Ala.). While the two are different players, they also share plenty of similarities.

The most glaring difference between Andrew Steele and his older brother, Ron, at the same stage? Size.

``I'm bigger than he was his junior year in high school," said Andrew, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior at John Carroll (High). "He thought about playing football, but he went to an Alabama football game and it surprised him how big they are."

``I think that, in the end, he liked basketball more," added the younger Steele.

While Ron tries to recover from numerous injuries as a junior point guard for the Alabama Crimson Tide, his little brother is putting up impressive numbers as a junior at John Carroll.

Steele has led John Carroll to a 17-3 record so far this season while averaging 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

Some of the identical questions exist on what position Andrew is best suited for at the next level.

``I see him as a one in college," said Andrew's father, Ron, who played at Southern University. "I had the same criticism a long time ago with Ron. They saw him as a two."

``Unless I grow a lot, I'll probably be a point guard in college," Andrew said.

Other than their size, the other obvious differences between the brothers (who are four years apart) are the fact that Andrew is more athletic while Ron was a better ballhandler at the same stage.

While many younger brothers would find it difficult to follow in the footsteps of a potential All-American, Andrew takes the opposite approach.

``I look to him for a lot of things," Andrew said. "He helps me as a player by teaching me things he learned."

Both brothers were 4.0 students and both were standout football players. Ron was a wide receiver while Andrew is the starting quarterback.

While Ron chose to concentrate solely on basketball, Andrew isn't certain about whether or not he'll try and juggle both.

``Clemson and Tennessee have given me the option of playing both sports," Andrew said. "But I don't know for sure."

He said Alabama is certainly on the forefront of his mind as far as basketball is concerned.

``I like them a lot, but it's not a definite thing," he said. "I could definitely see myself playing there, but I haven't shut the door on other schools."

Steele said that Kansas, Illinois and Georgia Tech are also interested for his exploits on the hardwood.

``I want to go somewhere that I can play and somewhere that will help me get to the next level," he added.

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