Forward Alex Tchikou will miss his freshman season at Alabama after undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn right Achilles. The 6-foot-11, 225-pounder was a four-star prospect.
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- Torn Achilles sidelines Alabama's Tchikou
- Alabama's Oats says he had positive test in July
- Alabama lands Davison, ESPN's No. 2 point guard
- '20 Maui Invitational moving to N. Carolina
Alabama men's basketball coach Nate Oats told reporters on Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19 in July and that members of his team had to be quarantined last month due to positive tests.
Dick Vitale gives his top teams for the upcoming season based on players returning and players lost, coaching and the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index), which is in overdrive, baby!
J.D. Davison, ranked No. 2 at point guard and No. 14 overall, committed to Alabama on Saturday as coach Nate Oats landed his first five-star recruit with the Crimson Tide.
The 2020 Maui Invitational is moving to North Carolina because of the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament announced.
Alabama guard John Petty Jr. says he won't be entering the NBA draft and will be returning to school.
Coach Penny Hardaway and Memphis will play Alabama three times over the next three seasons with two of those games in Memphis.
Alex Tchikou, ranked No. 56 in the 2020 ESPN 100, announced his commitment to Alabama on Sunday.
Maryland signs forward Galin Smith, who shot 56 percent from the floor in 94 games and 20 starts with Alabama. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
Iowa's Luka Garza, Baylor's Jared Butler and others haven't yet decided whether they'll enter the NBA draft, but their decisions will have a big effect on their college teams.
Yale graduate transfer Jordan Bruner will play his final season of college basketball at Alabama, choosing the Crimson Tide over Baylor and Maryland.
Canadian guard Josh Primo, who is projected to be a mid first-round prospect in the 2021 NBA draft, has committed to play for Alabama next season.
Kira Lewis, the first-round NBA draft prospect for Alabama, will declare for the draft along with teammate John Petty, their coach said.
-- Dru Smith scored 17 points to lead Missouri to a 69-50 victory over Alabama in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday.
Saben Lee scored a career-high 38 points, including 15 over the final five-plus minutes to lead Vanderbilt to an 87-79 upset of Alabama on Tuesday night.
Kira Lewis Jr. scored 25 points and freshman Javian Davis had a season-high 20 to help Alabama rebound from a slow start to beat South Carolina 90-86 on Saturday night.
Reggie Perry scored 21 points and Tyson Carter added 19 as Mississippi State held off Alabama 80-73 on Tuesday night.