The Alabama men's basketball team received some good news this week when the NCAA approved a medical hardship waiver for senior Riley Norris that will allow him to play one more year for the Tide.

It will be an opportunity for Norris to close out a solid career at the Capstone after his 2017-18 season was cut well short due to a hip injury. After missing the three games, Norris returned to play in nine games before his hip kept him out the rest of the year.

Alabama likely would have benefited greatly from Norris' shooting, rebounding, and leadership a year ago. The young team had some great wins but an inconsistent year almost kept it out of the NCAA Tournament. The Tide did go on to make its first appearance since 2012 and won its first tournament game in 12 years.

The return of Norris should help give next year's team some leadership after losing Collin Sexton to the NBA and Braxton Key to transfer.

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