Alabama topped the Gamecocks from Jacksonville State by a score of 81-57 in the first game of the 2020/2021 season.
One of the big questions heading into the season, was if Jahvon Quinerly could replace lottery pick Kira Lewis as the teams lead guard, and I would say JQ more than answered the bell. He finished the game with 18 points and 3 assists and always made a play for the Tide when they needed it.
Senior Herbert Jones was back to his familiar ways, diving on the floor, crashing the glass, and drawing charges. Herb also connected on a step back three point shot in the second half. Something, I am sure, got every Tide fan on their feet.
Sophomore Jaden Shackelford followed up his impressive freshman campaign by recording his first career double-double, finishing the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Head Coach Nate Oats played 12 players in game one, but will look to shorten the bench as the season continues. Guys to watch out for are James Rojas, Josh Primo, and Keon Ellis.
We were able to catch up with Crimson Tide signee Langston Wilson after the game, and this is a little of what he had to say about the Tide’s effort. “Honestly after watching the game, you know I’m really confident in how I can fit in the offense. I love the way Herb Jones defended and JQ showed a lot offensively. They missed a lot of things that I feel as though they would usually make. Some of the small things, a couple of the missed lobs and things like that go in and I think the game kinda gets put away a lot sooner. All in all, what I saw just a great win by Coach Oats and the entire staff.”
Next up Alabama will travel to Asheville as part of the Maui Invitational to take on Stanford, Monday at 8:30pm on ESPN2.
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