Things got busy last evening when we stole a few minutes of Anthony Grant’s time after the basketball banquet. This is the story that appeared in today’s newspaper …
TUSCALOOSA — It was banquet time in Coleman Coliseum.
The basketball floor turned into a dining hall Tuesday evening as the Crimson Tide basketball team honored its first NCAA tournament run in six seasons.
There were still a few issues remaining from the season of peaks and valleys. Coach Anthony Grant discussed the recent departures of two players as they cleaned plates and guests filed out.
The premature exits of second-leading scorer Tony Mitchell and dependable reserve Charles Hankerson were announced Friday. Grant addressed both moves Tuesday.
He said he met with Mitchell, who was suspended for the final 11 games, and both agreed a change was needed.
“I think he’s got options where, potentially, he could put himself in the draft and look at those opportunities,” Grant said. “He’s indicated that it’s going to be an option for him, but at the same time keep the option open of possibly returning to school and playing again. I think right now it’s up in the air what final decision he’ll make.”
Mitchell, who did not attend the banquet and did not appear in the season highlight film, averaged 13.1 points a game. But his final Alabama season was cut short when his suspension was announced a day before an early February win at Auburn.
For Hankerson, the move “strictly a basketball decision,” Grant said.
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