Bama Hoops ranked high in early Top 25 predictions
The 2021-22 Alabama men’s basketball team is already attracting hype as several media outlets around the country have the Crimson Tide highly ranked heading into next season.
Most notably, the Washington Post ranked Alabama as the No. 1 team entering the preseason, citing the return of emergent point guard Jahvon Quinerly, and the added depth of Letohatchee, Alabama five star guard JD Davison.
Despite losing a great deal of senior production in Herb Jones, John Petty and Alex Reese, CBS Sports' own Gary Parrish has the Crimson Tide ranked as the No. 3 ranked team in his never-too-early Top 25. Parrish added Alabama’s recent success recruiting could give them a solid shot at “back-to-back conference championships”. ESPN's early top 25 saw the Crimson Tide seated a little farther down at the No. 8 spot, but top 10 nonetheless.
Regardless of where Alabama ends up in the preseason rankings, Alabama will be gaining and returning an impressive amount of production and depth in 2021 under third-year head coach Nate Oats.
Four of Alabama’s top seven scorers are projected to return to Tuscaloosa, including incredible depth at guard with Quinerly, Josh Primo, Jaden Shackelford, and Keon Ellis returning. For the big men, the Crimson Tide are expected to lose Jordan Bruner, however forward Juwan Gary and Alex Rojas return with a now-healthy Alex Tchikou in the mix.
The Crimson Tide has also been dominant on the recruiting trail in 2021, currently holding the no. 3 ranked recruiting class in the nation. Davison headlines the class, along with four-star forwards Jusaun Holt and Langston Wilson and recently committed center Charles Bediako.