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What We Missed: Notes and News Since Alabama’s Season Ended

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It is officially the college basketball offseason. Unsurprisingly, the Villanova Wildcats were crowned as national champions on Monday after a 79-62 win over Michigan on Monday night.

The focus of the fans across the country has shifted to off the court activity. This includes early looks at next season, coaching changes and, of course, early entrees to the NBA Draft. Alabama men’s basketball has been in plenty of headline over the last three weeks.

We’ve been a bit out of service since the Tide’s loss to Villanova but before our complete offseason coverage begins (player report cards, breaking news, mock drafts, etc.), let’s take a look at the big notes currently surrounding Avery Johnson’s program.

Collin Sexton’s NBA Decision

Don’t worry. You have not missed Sexton’s official decision yet but you should be expecting it soon. Alabama announced a 10 a.m. press conference on Friday that is expected to be an announcement on Sexton’s future. Matt Zenitz of AL.com reported on Thursday that the expected is supposed to be made official at Friday’s presser. You can follow our Twitter account for live updates on Friday and continue to check in for more pieces on Sexton’s future. The freshman averaged 19.2 points per game and was the 19th player in school history to earn AP All-American honors.

AL.com: Alabama’s Collin Sexton plans to enter NBA draft

Possible Return of Riley Norris

One of the more surprising headlines of this young offseason is the expected return of Riley Norris. According to several reports, the Alberville native will be taking a medical redshirt for last season and return to Tuscaloosa for the 2018-19 season. Norris suffered a season ending hip injury in December that kept him out for 27 of the team’s 36 games. We have sources that say the graduate is expecting to have hip surgery soon but will be ready for next season. Stay tuned for more on his recovery.

BamaInsider.com: Riley Norris expected to return to Alabama next season

ArMond Davis is Transferring

From a surprising headline to an expected one. Ar’Mond Davis announced his intention to transfer from the program. He did not play in any of the Crimson Tide’s games on their way to an NCAA Tournament appearance. Davis averaged 6.9 points per game during the 2016-17 season.

Coleman Coliseum Renovation

Fans have been screaming for changes to Coleman Coliseum for years but now a new debate has started. Renovate the old or build something new? The University has hired an architectural firm to discuss the possibilities of renovating the current building. On Monday, Athletic Director Greg Byrne said that his first thought was to renovate because he knows “the footprint of Coleman Coliseum is very good.” There will certainly be more to come on this during the next couple of years but more money into the basketball programs should be good news.

Kristy Curry’s Team

The Alabama women’s basketball team did not have a bad season either. With the help of six seniors, the team finished the season 20-14. It was the first time since 1999 that the program won 20 games in back-to-back seasons. It was the first time ever that Alabama made it to the quarterfinals of the Women’s NIT in back-to-back seasons. Seniors Hannah Cook, Ashley Williams and Meoshonti Knight all finish their careers with more than 1,000 total points scored.

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

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