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Alabama basketball forward Riley Norris and the Tide are preparing for a trip to Canada.

Alabama basketball: Transfer forward to join team soon; Canadian trip details released

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at a series of updates from Alabama basketball. 

Monday saw a flood of news for the Alabama basketball team.

Avery Johnson’s squad released the itinerary for its trip to Canada this August and added Sun Belt champion UT-Arlington to its fall schedule. While many fans might expect a romp against the Canadian schools, given Canada’s less-developed basketball and college athletics cultures, the Crimson Tide will have a tough August as they search for their new identity. The trip is highlighted by a matchup against Canadian champion Carleton University, which beat Wichita State and five other American schools last year. 

A portion of that identity will be shaped by former Texas forward Tevin Mack, who will join the Crimson Tide with the start of the second summer session at the university. But much more of it will be shaped by Collin Sexton, who could become the first Alabama player to take advantage of the so-called ‘one-and-done’ rule.  A very early mock draft has him ranked No. 8. 

ICYMI

Built by Bama

• Julio Jones is the third-best player in the NFL, according to the annual poll of players conducted by the NFL Network, and the best wide receiver. He finished behind Tom Brady and Von Miller.

• In MLB, Adam Morgan pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 5 as the Phillies lost to Arizona, 6-1.

Around the Capstone

• Alabama placed 127 athletes on the spring SEC honor roll, the most in the conference.

• The women’s tennis team signed Egyptian former 5-star recruit Ann Selim, who transferred to Alabama from Oklahoma. The swimming team signed six athletes, including a former Olympian from Hungary and a Turkish national champion.

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