2020-21 Alabama Basketball Non-Conference Overview

At one point a couple months ago, having Alabama sports looked like a pipe dream. College athletics were on the verge of shutting down with schedules falling apart and conferences/teams opting out....but then as the buzzer sounded, we hit a full court shot and (at least temporarily) saved the season. The Alabama coaching staff slowly put together an updated non-conference schedule and were finally able to release it 3 weeks from game 1. In this article I will be giving a short overview of each team, where they finished last season, and where they sit heading into the 2020-21 season.

🏀Jacksonville State🏀

Head Coach: Ray Harper (80-61 at JSU)

2019-20 Record: 13-19 (8-10)

2019-20 Conference Rank: 7th

2019-20 Final NET: 284

2020-21 KenPom: 295

Key Returning Players/Signees:

-JUCO G Jalen Finch (9.9 PPG, 5.1 APG)

-JUCO G Demaree King (19.5 PPG on 46.2% from 3)

-G/F Kayne Henry (10.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 49.6 FG%)

-Transfer G Darian Adams (12.1 PPG)

-F Martin Roub (5.1 PPG, ranked 4th on the team in made 3-pointers, scored in double digits 5 times with a career high of 21)

-F/C Brandon Huffman (3 years at UNC)


Head Coach: Jerod Haase (69-61 at Stanford)

2019-20 Record: 20-12 (9-9)

2019-20 Conference Rank: 7th

2019-20 Final NET: 33

2020-21 KenPom: 32

Key Returning Players/Signees:

-G Daejon Davis (8.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.7 APG)

-F Oscar da Silva (10.3 PPG, 1.5 APG, 6.4 RPG)

-G Bryce Willis (7.8 PPG, 2 APG, 4 RPG)

-F Jaiden Delaire (6.1 PPG, 0.5 APG, 2.4 RPG)

-F Spencer Jones (8.8 PPG, 0.8 APG, 3.2 RPG)

-5⭐️F Ziaire Williams

-4⭐️F Max Murrell

-4⭐️F Brandon Angel

-4⭐️G Michael O’Connell


Head Coach: Brad Brownell (184-142 at Clemson)

2019-20 Record: 16-15 (9-11)

2019-20 Conference Rank: 9th

2019-20 Final NET: 81

2020-21 KenPom: 40

Key Returning Players/Signees:

-G Al-Amir Dawes (9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.5 APG)

-G Nick Honor (Fordham transfer)

-G John Newman III (9.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.2 APG)

-F Aamir Simms (13 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.6 APG)

-G Clyde Trapp (6.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.5 APG)

-4⭐️F Olivier-Maxence Prosper

-4⭐️C Lynn Kidd

-4⭐️F PJ Hall


Head Coach: Bob Richey (73-26 at Furman)

2019-20 Record: 25-7 (15-3)

2019-20 Conference Rank: 2nd

2019-20 Final NET: 74

2020-21 KenPom: 79

Key Returning Players/Signees:

-G Alex Hunter (8.9 PPG, 3.7 APG, 3.3 RPG)

-F Clay Mounce (13.2 PPG, 2.1 APG, 6 RPG)

-G Mike Bothwell (10.9 PPG, 2.2 APG, 2.5 RPG)

-F Jalen Slawson (6.9 PPG, 1.5 APG, 5.1 RPG)

-F Noah Gurley (14.3 PPG, 1.9 APG, 4.6 RPG)


Head Coach: Kelvin Sampson (138-59 at Houston)

2019-20 Record: 23-8 (13-5)

2019-20 Conference Rank: 1st

2019-20 Final NET: 20

2020-21 KenPom: 22

Key Returning Players/Signees:

-G Marcus Sasser (8.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.7 APG)

-G Caleb Mills (13.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.1 APG)

-G Dejon Jarreau (9.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.7 APG)

-G Quentin Grimes (12.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.6 APG)

-F Fabian White Jr. (9.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 0.8 APG)

-4⭐️G Tramon Mark

🏀East Tennessee State🏀

Head Coach: Jason Shay (First year as a HC)

2019-20 Record: 30-4 (16-2)

2019-20 Conference Rank: 1st

2019-20 Final NET: 36

2020-21 KenPom: 169

Key Returning Players/Signees:

-Transfer G David Sloan (awaiting waiver)

-Transfer F Silas Adheke (3.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)

-Transfer G Ledarrius Brewer

-F Tyron Brewer (14.9 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.5 SPG)

-Transfer G Serrel Smith


Head Coach: Lon Kruger (166-106 at Oklahoma)

2019-20 Record: 19-12 (9-9)

2019-20 Conference Rank: 3rd

2019-20 Final NET: 46

2020-21 KenPom: 31

Key Returning Players/Signees:

-G Austin Reaves (14.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3 APG)

-G Alondes Williams (6 PPG, 1.9 RPG)

-F Kur Kuath (3.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.5 BPG)

-F Brady Manek (14.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.2 BPG)

-Transfer G Umoja Gibson (14.5 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.4 SPG)

-Transfer G Elijah Harkless (awaiting waiver)

-G De’Vion Harmon (7.4 PPG, 2 APG, 1.8 RPG, 1.1 SPG)

Final Thoughts:

Overall, it’s a good schedule for the team we have this season. It’s not too difficult but it’s also not a schedule filled with cupcakes. There’s not a team on this schedule that they can overlook. The main event will be the home game against Houston who will likely be ranked in the top 25. There’s also the Maui Invitational in Asheville where we’ll get either North Carolina or UNLV in game 2 (after playing a good Stanford team) and then another opponent for a third game. Even the games against ETSU and Furman should help us prepare for SEC play which begins in late December. There’s a ton of talent on this year’s team so it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch them improve game to game as they head into SEC play.


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