While football dominates the headlines this time of year, the Alabama basketball team is going through some summer training as well and getting in shape for the 2012-13 season, where it will try to improve on an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
“Workout, class, workout, study hall, start all over again,” guard Trevor Lacey said about the summer schedule. “We’re just trying to get better and better as a team.”
The team is just short of its full roster with a couple of players not in Tuscaloosa for the summer. Point guard Retin Obasohan (Belgium) and center Carl Engstrom (Sweden) are playing for their respective national teams, while point guard Trevor Releford is back in his hometown of Kansas City, Mo. working out this summer.
Several members of the team, however, took time out of their Saturday to work at a basketball camp for underprivileged kids at Plum Grove Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa. The camp was put on by Sarrell Dental Center, which is a non profit pediatric dentistry for kids, and hosted at Plum Grove.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
South Carolina at St. John’s
Seton Hall at LSU
Kentucky at Notre Dame
Marquette at Florida
Friday, November 30, 2012
Georgia at South Florida
DePaul at Auburn
Tennessee at Georgetown
Syracuse at Arkansas
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Mississippi State at Providence
Rutgers at Ole Miss
Alabama at Cincinnati
Villanova at Vanderbilt
Tony Mitchell and Charles Hankerson, Jr. will not return to the Alabama men’s basketball team next season, according to a team release. Mitchell and Hankerson, Jr. both requested and were granted a release from their scholarship.
“We’re appreciative of the contributions they’ve made to our program and we wish them nothing but the absolute best as they pursue the next chapter of their lives and careers,” head coach Anthony Grant said in the release.
Mitchell led the team in scoring with 13.1 points per game, but was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team on Feb. 6. It was later announced that Mitchell would not return for the remainder of the season.
Hankerson, Jr. appeared in 30 of the Tide’s 33 games last season, but the emergence of freshmen Rodney Cooper, Levi Randolph and Nick Jacobs along with the return of Andrew Steele limited his playing time.