The senior point guard is making a strong case for SEC player of the year. Releford averaged 18.7 points a game which is good for seventh best in the league. He’s also No. 2 in the SEC in steals with 2.1 a game behind only teammate Retin Obasohan. Releford is just outside of the top 10 of SEC leaders in assists. He also shoots better than 50 percent from the floor.
Statistics aren’t the only thing he brings. Releford has battled through injuries and consistently plays 35 or more minutes each night.
As the team’s only senior, he is asked to be a vocal leader while also making every big play for the Tide.
He’s Alabama’s version of an iron man.
As a team, Alabama is struggling. The Tide has a lot of work to do to get above .500 before it can even think about possible postseason play.
But the team’s shortcomings shouldn’t affect opinions on Releford. Without him, Alabama wouldn’t have half as many wins. His teammates haven’t been able to produce on a consistent basis. The Tide has young players who’ll develop into pretty good college players. There are also a couple of transfers and next year’s promising recruiting class that will be able to contribute next season.
It’s just a shame Releford’s career will be finished before he receives any help.
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