Nate Oats: Alabama G Nimari Burnett could return as soon as next week

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama basketball could regain a crucial portion of its roster sooner than originally anticipated.

It was announced in early December that Crimson Tide guard Nimari Burnett would be out for six to eight weeks with a wrist injury that required surgery. With next week being the fifth week since surgery, Burnett was expected to be out for the foreseeable future.

On Friday, however, Alabama coach Nate Oats gave a positive update on Burnett’s status. While still restricted, Oats revealed that Burnett has been practicing with the team.