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  • #151 by jbcarol on 07 Oct 2016

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    Avery Johnson landed commitments from two of the state's top players Thursday. First, it was Hale County wing Herb Jones and then it was Pelham big Alex Reese.

    The 6-foot-7, 185-pound Jones is a composite three-star recruit, but 247Sports and Rivals have him at four stars. Reese is a four-star recruit.

    HOW IT HAPPENED: Reese was offered by Alabama's previous coaching staff and when Avery Johnson was hired in the spring of 2015, he made sure that Reese knew his offer was still there. Alabama offered Jones earlier this spring. Both told Alabama coaches during their official visits that they were committing and they elected to announce on Thursday.

    Credit Alabama assistant Antoine Pettway most here...

    WHAT THEY BRING: Reese is an inside-out forward who can handle it, shoot from threes and bang down low. Jones is a long (7-foot wingspan) left-handed player who can drive, defend and shoot the threes better than most realize.

    "Alex is very talented, versatile player who is going to be able to do multiple things for them," Joel Floyd said. "He's so skilled where, at that level, he's going to have a lot more space. He won't be double and triple-teamed like he is for us and he'll have more 1-on-1 battles."

    "He's under control and doesn't make a whole lot of mistakes," said Herb's father Walter Jones, who is also a Hale County assistant. "He plays the mental game, he's solid, he's going to execute, shoots the ball pretty well.

    "I have to remind him that people will play him for that dribble drive, but he has a really nice jump shot. Sometimes he forgets that."
  • #152 by jbcarol on 07 Oct 2016
  •  Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN 10m10 minutes ago

    Alabama's Avery Johnson having huge week recruiting. Already has 2 commitments, expected to land Miss. big man Galin Smith today, per source
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  • #154 by jbcarol on 20 Oct 2016
  • Joseph Goodman ‏@JoeGoodmanJr 17h17 hours ago

    Going to string together some tweets here from Avery Johnson because he just tossed former Bama coach Anthony Grant under the bus today.

    Avery Johnson: "I cant speak for the other coaches, but based on what we inherited, we were just trying to survive..."

    Avery Johnson: "I was hoping wed win five games. Didnt think we would win 18, OK?"

    Avery Johnson: "And it wasnt like I had a lack of confidence, or I dont believe the impossible..."

    Avery Johnson: "But its just, I knew what I was looking at every day."

  • #155 by jbcarol on 24 Oct 2016
  • Michael Carvell ‏@Michael_Carvell 57s57 seconds ago

    Avery Johnson compares Alabama football coach Nick Saban to Gregg Popovich http://sec.news/2eKo9pZ

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    Theyre cut from the same cloth, Johnson said. He(Popovich) talks a lot about having great chemistry amongst his coaching staff, going through the process, going from good to great, and thats what I appreciate about coach Saban.

  • #156 by jbcarol on 27 Oct 2016

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    Five-star point guard Collin Sexton will make his decision on the 10th, and choose between Alabama, Kansas, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State.

    According to 247Sports Crystal Ball projections, 82 percent of recruiting analysts peg Sexton to wind up in Tuscaloosa.

    John Petty, a 4-star shooting guard from Huntsville, Ala., is down to Kentucky and the Tide.

    He is ranked as the nations No. 31 player and the countrys No. 5 shooting guard recruit. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound prospect is considered a Wildcats lean with 74 percent of analysts pegging Petty to Kentucky.

    Tide currently hold three members in their 2017 class, including 4-star power forward Alex Reese, 3-star shooting guard Herb Jones and 3-star center Galin Smith.

    Garrett Tucker
    ‏@GTuckerHoops

    2017 wing John Petty will not visit Kentucky this weekend as originally planned. He has set his commitment date for Nov. 10th
  • #157 by jbcarol on 04 Nov 2016

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    Players to watch going forward

    Guard Dazon Ingram: Ingram did a little bit of everything on the court. In one sequence, Ingram knocked down a three-pointer then followed that up with a steal and a nice pass to forward Nick King for a lay-up on the fastbreak. Ingram had some turnovers...

    Forward ArMond Davis: Davis hit 4-of-8 three-pointers on the night. He also put the ball on the floor a couple of times and got to the basket. If Davis can shoot like this, hell help spread the floor to create driving lanes for Ingram and others.

    Forward Braxton Key: Key, Alabamas lone true freshman, showed off his versatility. He crashed the glass and finished well around the rim.

    Forward Riley Norris: Norris is a veteran, but it was promising to see him hit 2-of-3 three-pointers. Alabama is going to need his shooting this season.
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  • #161 by jbcarol on 16 Dec 2016

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    "Craig is going to be deeply missed," Johnson said. "We send all of our thoughts and prayers to his family. But you talk about people want to throw the word 'legend' around, or media giant, he was there. He was there at the beginning of TNT (basketball) and I just wanted to say may he rest in peace.

    [Note: Quote and End Quote are scrambled in the remainder of this piece.  The content is copied exactly as it first appeared in The Birmingham News]

    Following the Crimson Tide's 78-61 victory over USC Upstate on Thursday, Johnson read a quote from Sager, the affable broadcaster who was known for his flamboyant sartorial choices.

    "I saw professionalism, integrity, honesty, wit," Johnson said. "I saw flair, flash -- I didn't always understand the suits -- and I saw the one person that could get my mentor -- outside of me -- I saw one person that can get Coach (Gregg) Popovich to smile and cooperate during the sideline interview at the end of the first and third quarter.

    Johnson played for nine seasons under Popovich and during that time came to know Sager.

    "I'm talking about somebody that spent four years in the media and also several years and all of the years of my NBA and coaching career being covered by Craig," Johnson said. "And my life is better because I had a chance to cross paths with him."
  • #162 by jbcarol on 07 Jan 2017
  • #163 by jbcarol on 13 Jan 2017

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    Crimson Tide about to hit the road for three of the next four.

    So, where does Avery Johnson's second team in Tuscaloosa stand?

    Considerable work remains if Alabama hopes to make its first NCAA tournament appearance in five seasons. The Tide sits at 9-6 overall after losing Tuesday night against Florida.

    It heads to LSU at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday to start a road-heave [sic] stretch.

    As far as the NCAA tournament resume goes, it could be better.

    Alabama is No. 91 in the official RPI rankings on the NCAA website. The Sagarin Ratings have the Tide in a more favorable No. 73 slot, but still below where a tournament team would fall. And Ken Pomeroy has Alabama at No. 76.

    ESPN breaks down the reasons why the Tide ranking is where it is. First, Alabama is 0-4 against top-50 teams. The best win to date is the 59-56 win over No. 60 Vanderbilt on Jan. 7. It led No. 3 Florida in the second half Tuesday before falling 80-67 late.

    On the positive side, the Tide hasn't had any very bad losses. It is 6-0 against teams ranked 150th or lower in the RPI. Scheduling a road game at Texas was supposed to boost the strength of schedule, but a 77-68 loss on Dec. 2 to the No. 149 Longhorns is the worst loss in terms of RPI rankings. No. 85 Valparaiso is the next worst loss.

    In other good news, the Tide faces only one more top-10 team the rest of the way. No. 4 Kentucky comes to Coleman Coliseum on Feb. 11. The next-best opponents include South Carolina (23), Georgia (34) and Arkansas (41).
  • #164 by jbcarol on 07 Mar 2017

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    "We just have to do a good job of taking care of the ball, rebounding the ball and become a better balanced team, which we have been searching for all year," Johnson said. "We have put together some good halves. But we haven't put together as many complete games as I've wanted to."
  • #165 by jbcarol on 18 Apr 2017

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    When Avery Johnson was hired at Alabama, he was fairly direct about his philosophy on so-called one-and-done players, who make mere pitstops in college on the way to the NBA.

    Im all for it, he said. We need to get some of those players.

    That recruiting bulletin may have landed a year earlier than Johnson wanted. Freshman wing Braxton Key announced on Monday that he would enter the NBA draft without signing an agent. Since he doesnt have an agent, Key will be able to return to Alabama after the NBA combine, or if he goes undrafted. But if a team takes a flyer on him, Johnsons #Year3 will be down one of its top contributors, which can only partially be offset by the well-regarded signing class coming in.

    Keys draft prospects are long odds, at best. He wasnt even always the best player on an Alabama team that lost in the first round of the NIT, and never displayed the kind of preternatural talent that gets players like Ben Simmons drafted highly without making the tournament.
  • #166 by jbcarol on 18 Apr 2017

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    It's been a good while since an Alabama basketball recruit brought a buzz like the one trailing Collin Sexton.

    The recent all-star circuit only cranked thins up a little more. ESPN's final rankings pushed Sexton up to No. 6 from 10th in the 2017 rankings. Back in Tuscaloosa, coach Avery Johnson was watching the Mapleton, Georgia product's standout performances playing alongside the nation's best.

    "He played with a lot of confidence and I guess, what this new age calls 'swagger,'" Johnson said. "But he played with a lot of confidence and swagger. He's a guy that can play on the ball, off the ball. Just don't box him in. He can do a lot of different things with the basketball, very competitive on the defensive end."

    Sexton is the cornerstone of Johnson's third recruiting class that ranks in everyone's top five. And everyone's ready for his arrival.
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    Johnson also had a message after Monday night's team banquet.

    "Let me be perfectly clear," Johnson continued. "This is not Collin Sexton coming in and trying to rescue Alabama basketball. We have four other freshmen we signed and we have some other players who have played in some hard-nosed SEC basketball that's returning on our team."

    The recruiting class includes four top-100 players on Rivals' board and three according to 247Sports. John Petty (No. 25), Herb Jones (No. 86) and Alex Reece (No. 95) bring something too. Johnson was also quick to mention the impact expected from Daniel Giddens, a 6-foot-11 transfer from Ohio State who had to sit out last season.
  • #167 by jbcarol on 16 May 2017

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    The head coach hired Yasir Rosemond away from the University of Georgia for his third season at Alabama. Rosemonds tactical credentials are relatively unknown, but he comes to the Capstone as a highly touted and well-connected recruiter. Rosemond is an Atlanta native who has recruited several of the top recruits from the Souths biggest metropolis and coached at Samford in Birmingham for three years before moving from one set of Bulldogs to another.

    His hiring gives Alabama an in-road to the most talent-rich city nearby, where Johnson himself and his top recruiter, Antoine Pettway, are relatively unconnected...
  • #168 by jbcarol on 19 May 2017

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    He can't say his name, so he didn't.

    However, a day after Texas transfer Tevin Mack committed to the Alabama basketball program, Alabama coach Avery Johnson joined me on The Opening Kickoff on WNSP-FM 105.5 and was asked if he went to bed with a smile on his face Wednesday night.

    "I did," Johnson said Thursday. "You can check my Twitter and you can see the little smiley face. When I put the shades on Twitter, then I'm really excited about something good that's happening with Alabama basketball."

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