Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bye Bye Ben Eblen

Ben Eblen has decided not to play basketball his senior year.  Link.

I appreciate his contributions to Alabama basketball over the last few years.  Despite a lack of size and scoring ability, he gave us some solid minutes, played good defense, and helped us win a few games.  He probably would not have seen much playing time this year with Retin taking over the backup PG role.

7 comments:

BamaRustyGold said...

I appreciate the effort he gave the university, but he wasn't division one PG quality. Dont think he would have even seen the floor this year. Good luck to him.

bobbyjack said...

Is he still on scholarship? If not then...
I ripped his play, but we can all say he gave it his best. This has been rumored since April.

finebammer said...

"but we can all say he gave it his best."

no, bj, he didn't. grant gave this guy a shot. he rewarded him by quitting right before the season starts. had he quit in april, at least grant would have had time to do something. our bench is paper thin. we needed him. now this shit.

who told you from the get-go this guy was a project. grant took a chance on this clown, the least he could have done was stick it out. god forbid associating with better talent making you a better player.

i know ya'll will think this is harsh, but good riddance.

bobbyjack said...

I think this was more a Grant decision than Eblen one. Like I said, the rumor was out there back in April.

DJC said...

Eblen is still on scholarship and he graduates in December. He saw the writing on the wall, he was not going to play many minutes at all this year. I have no problem with the guy enjoying just being a student for a semester, transferring to a smaller school where he can actually play next year and getting a year of grad school paid for.

Again, I liked the guy, but lets not pretend this hurts us in the least. We were playing 4 on 5 on the offensive end when he was in the game.

MSmilie said...

Ben became a good role player off the bench. No, he didn't score baskets but he became, after a slow start, someone Grant could trust to spell Releford, take care of the ball, and play good defense. He also came across as a good teammate.I wish him the best.

Regarding the team: I guess this means the coaches feel good about Retin's development (I'm looking forward to seeing him play, that's for sure). The worst case scenario if Retin isn't ready is that Trevor Lacey can move over to the point when Releford is out of the game.

bobbyjack said...

Thanks DJC... That was my concern and I'm glad he still has his scholarship. Not sure who's gonna replace his .7 PPG though.