Avery Johnson hopes to finally make good on the promise he made when he took the head coaching job at Alabama, even if it is a year later than he anticipated.
When the Crimson Tide men’s basketball coach was hired in April 2015 , he told fans to buckle their seat belts and prepare for a fast-paced, exciting brand of basketball. But thanks to an injury to starting PG Dazon Ingram, that’s not exactly what Alabama put on the court.
“(Ingram) only played in seven games,” Johnson said on SEC Now on Wednesday. “That affected our ball handling, decision making and the speed of our team. We feel we’ve addressed that in the offseason.”
This season, Alabama hopes to play more of that exciting style Johnson promised instead of the slow, methodical tempo they showed last season.
Johnson named graduate transfer Corban Collins as a player who can handle the ball in the open court. He also pointed to Ar’Mond Davis, whom he said “can shoot it from anywhere,” as another player who can help in transition and spacing the floor.
Add those two into the backcourt with Ingram, who’s now healthy, and Johnson thinks the Crimson Tide is much better equipped to run the floor this season.
“We feel we’ve improved our foot speed, ball handling,” the coach said. “We’re a team that turned the ball over a little bit too much last year. We feel we have better decision makers. So we hope to improve our tempo, increase our tempo, increase our possessions, so we can have more offense.”