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Collin Sexton vs. Trae Young attracted fans and NBA scouts alike on Saturday.

Alabama basketball: Tide make statement by shutting down Trae Young, Oklahoma

Matt Speakman

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Big-time basketball returns to Alabama

Alabama basketball welcomed No. 12 Oklahoma and freshman prodigy Trae Young to Coleman Coliseum this past weekend. What was advertised as the Collin Sexton-vs.-Young show quickly became so much more. Alabama’s defense locked down Young, holding him to his lowest point total since Oklahoma’s season opener.

Sexton ended up outdueling Young by scoring 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting. The win gave Alabama its third victory over a ranked opponent this season. For the first time in a long time, big-time basketball returned to Tuscaloosa.

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In other headlines …

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban displayed some interesting dance moves during a recruiting visit.
  • An Alabama player told UCF that if it wanted to be a champion, it needed to schedule the Crimson Tide.
  • Bobby Williams, special assistant to the coach, is leaving Alabama to join Oregon’s coaching staff.

Even more staff turnover

Alabama reportedly added another member to its staff after multiple coaches left recently. Dan Enos will leave Michigan to coach Alabama’s QBs. He was only at Michigan for this offseason before quickly deciding to exit the program. Enos also spent time as the offensive coordinator for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Enos joining the staff could make Alabama’s quarterback situation a little clearer.

Losing a commitment

Class of 2019 offensive guard Deyavie Hammond kept his word. He said earlier this month that he expected to de-commit from Alabama. He ended up doing so. Hammond is the No. 3 offensive guard in the 2019 class. He is looking at Georgia, Florida State and Miami now. He also wants UCLA to be in the mix.

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