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Collin Sexton Impresses in Debut

Alabama Men's Basketball

The long awaited debut of Collin Sexton happened on Tuesday night in Coleman Coliseum. And the star freshman did not disappoint.

Sexton led the way for the Crimson Tide’s offense in their 86-64 win over Lipscomb. He finished with 22 points while shooting 70 percent from the field. Sexton started the game and played 27 minutes.

The game came with a handful of flashy plays by Sexton, both scoring and passing. He finished with five assists and showed his speed in transition on several plays. The freshman had just two turnovers and looked comfortable during most parts of the game.

Sexton was not the only newcomer to have a big performance in the home opener. The five true freshmen combined for 51 of the team’s points, led by Sexton’s 22 and John Petty’s 14 point performance.

“Overall, for his first game, not bad,” head coach Avery Johnson said after the game. “He’s probably not going to get enough credit defensively this year. This guy can get down and defend people and it’s really energized this team.”

Sexton finished with two steals on the night. His head coach continued to praise the energy that Sexton brings to the team saying that he wants that kind of emotion and pride from his team.

Sexton’s biggest struggle, like the rest of the team, was at the charity stripe. He was 5 for 12 from the free throw line and showed emotion after missing on several occasions.

“He’s capable of making 11 or 12 out of 12 from the free throw line,” Johnson said. “I will not lose any sleep over his free throws.”

There is clear room for improvement from “Young Bull” but as collegiate debuts go, Sexton looked pretty impressive. I’m sure that Coach Avery Johnson will take 22 points on 70 percent shooting in every game this year.

Caleb Turrentine is the editor for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates at @CalebTurrentine.

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