Alabama Basketball lands the 16th spot on Top 25
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Hunter De Siver
On Oct. 11, ESPN came out with its way-too-early top 25 for the college basketball season.
As the usual suspects of college basketball made this list (Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Kansas), some up-and-coming teams made it as well.
Alabama is one of those teams.
Alabama made its way to the top 25 last season, behind the coaching of Nate Oats. His three-and-D playstyle tired out defenses as the Tide were by far the best shooting team in the country.
Alabama found itself as a No. 2 seed in March Madness. They were also ranked 5th overall by the start of the tournament. However, they lost in a thriller to UCLA in the sweet sixteen.
The Tide lost three players to the NBA draft last year, but added five-star point guard J.D. Davison and four-star center Charles Bediako.
These additions, along with players like Jahvon Quinerly and Jaden Shackelford returning to UA, helped give the Tide the 16th spot in the top 25 for the 2021-22 season.
Hopefully, Oats can coach this team to its first-ever final four and national championship.
Maybe someday, Alabama will also be known as a basketball school.