Alabama’s Shackelford and Davison Earn Conference Honors
Last week's win over Gonzaga was Alabama basketball's biggest win yet this season. With an outstanding performance coming from Alabama's starting five, their future is looking very bright.
Jaden Shackelford started out the first half by scoring 20 of his 28 points that game. He was super hot from the three point line shooting for 75% beyond the line and 62.5% overall. Pretty impressive numbers for a big opponent like Gonzaga.
In his post game interview Shackelford explained the importance of taking the right shots in the game.
“Obviously, playing for a coach who gives you the freedom and draws stuff up for you, so just going out there and taking the right shots,” Shackelford said. “When you take the right shots, you're rewarded for it.”
JD Davison had quite the game as well, scoring 20 points for the Tide and shooting for 60% on Saturday. Jahvon Quinerly and Davison hit some key 3-pointers in the second half, leading to a 91-82 win over the third-ranked Bulldog's last Saturday.
Head coach, Nate Oats also had a few things to say after Saturday's big win over Gonzaga. “With the way we play, we can be dangerous at times with how many threes that we shoot and they knew that,” Oats said. “We hit a few tonight and that helped a little bit.” He also spoke on JD Davison and Javon Quinerly's performance. "Both those guys showed they’re big-time players,” Oats said. “It was time to step up and make some plays and our defense got some stops.”
Last week, Shackelford and Davison were both given SEC honorary awards for their incredible performance. Shackelford was named SEC Player of the Week and Davison was awarded as the league's Freshman of the Week, which were both announced by the conference office on Monday.