Hank the tank taking aim for short-handed Tide

It’s the weekend, but we’re still here working for you. That means a quick look at this evening’s Alabama basketball game with LSU. Read the following …

TUSCALOOSA — The suspension of Alabama basketball player Tony Mitchell will continue at least one more game.

Termed “indefinite” on Monday, Crimson Tide coach Anthony Grant said the team’s second-leading scorer will not make the trip for today’s 6 p.m., trip to LSU.

So Alabama (16-7, 5-4 SEC) will again look to the player who filled scoring gap in Tuesday’s 18-point win at Auburn. Sophomore guard Charles Hankerson came off the bench to score 14 points with Mitchell’s 13.1-average absent. That followed an unlikely 10-point boost Hankerson supplied in Saturday’s double-overtime win over Ole Miss.

The Miami native had arthroscopic knee surgery five days before the Rebels came to town. He practiced just once before recording his first double-figure scoring performance since late November.

Hankerson’s teammates hatched a plan after he bettering that output against Auburn.

“My whole team is saying they’re going to injure me now so I can have more surgery,” a laughing Hankerson said Friday.

At 6-5, 210 pounds, Hankerson can battle near the rim. But his outside shooting touch made the biggest difference lately.

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One response to “Hank the tank taking aim for short-handed Tide

  1. hank’s earned it. let him play until it isn’t working anymore.




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