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Collin Sexton is Alabama's first NBA draft selection since 2008.

Alabama: Collin Sexton goes No. 8 to Cleveland in NBA draft

Matt Speakman

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Young Bull heads to Cleveland

Former Alabama point guard Collin Sexton went No. 8 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He became the first Alabama player since Richard Hendrix in 2008 to be selected in the NBA draft. He is Alabama’s 15th first-round selection. Sexton pleaded to forward LeBron James, who could be a free agent if he opts out of his contract, to stay in Cleveland. If James leaves, Sexton will join a veteran roster that underperformed in the playoffs.

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Examining Alabama’s projected win total

Alabama coach Nick Saban is primed to have another 10-win season in Tuscaloosa. With two talented quarterbacks in Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa to choose from, as well as a slew of playmakers at the skill positions, the Crimson Tide could be dangerous. On defense, Alabama will have a young but talented secondary. Alabama is currently projected by oddsmakers to have 11 wins. Here is what to make of that number.

Lane Kiffin opens up

Former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin left Tennessee after the 2009 season to return to USC as coach. He showed promise as Tennessee’s coach but was only in Knoxville for one year, leaving Volunteers fans upset with his actions. So, when he returned to the SEC in 2014 as the offensive coordinator of Alabama, there was still bad blood. According to Kiffin, security wanted him to wear a bulletproof vest for Alabama’s road game at Tennessee.

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