Alabama Basketball receives valuable bank contributions

Alabama basketball has one of the best starting fives in college hoops with junior Mark Sears and freshman Jaden Bradley on the backcourt and freshmen forwards Brandon Miller and Noah Clowney flanking sophomore center Charles Bediako on the frontcourt.

Depth is important in college basketball, especially in the postseason, and the Crimson Tide also has many influential players coming off the bench. Bama has won their five conference games by an average margin of 23.2 points, so there are plenty of bench minutes. However, Alabama’s backups have shown that they deliver much more than trash-time contributions.

The Crimson Tide received 50 bank points, including 10 three-pointers, from their bank in the run across LSU this past weekend.

Jahvon Quinerly hit four of those three-pointers to finish with 12 points and four assists. Quinerly has had an up-and-down season following a cruciate ligament tear, but he’s still one of the best guards in the SEC at his best.

It’s an invaluable luxury for Nate Oats to have a player like Quinerly come off the bench. Without him, Alabama Basketball is still a top 10 team in the nation. He has the ability to jump in and take high clip shots and is also an excellent passer so his presence increases the team’s ceiling exponentially. Despite playing just a few minutes, Quinerly has hit double digits five times and provided at least five assists five times.

Freshman wing Rylan Griffen also played an important role, adding 12 points and six rebounds against LSU. Injuries have kept the likes of Nimari Burnett, Dom Welch and Darius Miles out of the lineup for much of this season.

Griffen completed admirably, averaging a 5.8 and hitting double digits three times. He only shoots the three at a 26 percent clip, but he’s a confident shooter whose percentage should increase over time. Griffen has scored at least a three-pointer in 11 of his 17 appearances this season.

Noah Gurley and Nick Pringle add a tremendous boost to the Alabama frontcourt. Bama already has an impressive starting line, with Charles Bediako and Noah Clowney manning the glass and protecting the rim. Gurley and Pringle give Coach Oats a chance to rest his starters without a big drop down.

Gurley is a fifth grader with a lot of gaming experience. The former Furman transfer has started 98 college basketball games in his career. An undersized big who can occasionally stretch the floor, Gurley’s greatest value is in doing the little things on the floor. He has hit double digits three times this season.

Junior Nick Pringle is a JUCO transfer that brings some vertical pop to the Alabama frontcourt. Pringle only plays eight minutes a game and rarely posts impressive numbers, but his physicality and athleticism bounce off the screen when he’s on the ground.

Pringle is also very knowledgeable. The 6ft 9in forward rarely shoots off the basket, which has resulted in him shooting an absurd 94.4 percent (17-18) from the field. Nick Pringle is a fan favorite who’s always good for a highlight dunk, and he’s been improving his game in recent weeks. In the last six games, Pringle has gone off the field 13-13 and has hit double digits three times.

Alabama basketball has exceeded expectations all year, causing the fanbase to constantly recalibrate their prospects. For now, it looks like Bama could be a national championship caliber team. If it goes that far, the bank will have played a massive role.

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