Collin Sexton is one of the best players in the SEC and in the country, a potential lottery pick in this summer’s NBA draft.
But right now he’s doing all he can to lead the Crimson Tide to a strong finish in the SEC and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Although sometimes he may be working too hard, if that is such a thing. Alabama coach Avery Johnson loves Sexton’s drive to get better, but he also wants his start guard to get his rest.
In this video from Alex Byington of Times Daily, Johnson describes what he and his coaches sometimes feel like they have to do to get Sexton to take it easy.
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“Here’s a kid we gotta basically to turn the lights out in the gym sometimes and say ‘go back to the dorm,'” Johnson says. “I love players like him that have that old-school mentality…He wants to live in the gym, and he’s driven, he’s passionate, he’s got big dreams.”
Currently sitting in sixth place in the SEC, Alabama (17-10, 8-6) looks to be in relatively good shape for the tournament with March approaching and four games left in the regular season.
The Crimson Tide next travel to Auburn to face the No. 12 Tigers on Wednesday night (8:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network ) in a crucial rivalry game. Alabama already beat Auburn this season but without Sexton.
The freshman and his work ethic will have to be an important part of a signature road victory this time around.
“Part of his dreams and goals is to help us maximize our potential this year,” Johnson says. “And I like it a lot. Sometimes I might have to turn him down a little bit, but that’s okay. I’d rather have it that way than to try to have to turn somebody up.”