Not only the safer route but building from the ground up gives us a stronger foundation. And it feels like maturity has been beating the fabulous freshmen in the final playoff analysis. "When" Oats starts winning with his style of B-Ball, elite recruits will be lining up.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama men's basketball head coach Nate Oats announced the signing of 6-8, 215-pound forward James Rojas, a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First Team All-American. Rojas becomes the sixth signee and...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama men’s basketball head coach Nate Oats announced the signing of 6-8, 215-pound forward James Rojas, a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First Team All-American. Rojas becomes the sixth signee and second transfer who will suit up for the Crimson Tide basketball team for the 2019-20 season.
"I’ve known James since his early high school years and have developed a great relationship with him and his mother," Oats said. "He’s exactly what we’ve been looking for in a player starting with the fact that he’s one of the toughest players I’ve ever seen. He’s the ultimate competitor and cares about the team winning first and foremost. He plays with a chip on his shoulder determined to prove he can play with anyone in the country and despite having achieved a great deal the last two years, I know James will still be playing with same chip on his shoulder. Experienced, tough, competitive & skilled players are who you win with in today’s game. His loyalty, drive, and humility fit our culture we’re building here at Alabama.
James embodies all those qualities and we’re ecstatic to welcome him into our program."
Rojas joins graduate transfer guard James “Beetle” Bolden (Covington, Ky./Holmes HS/West Virginia) and freshman Raymond Hawkins (Oakland, Calif./Findley [Nev.] Prep) as spring signees. Last fall during the early signing period, the Tide inked a trio of ESPN Top-100 players in forward Juwan Gary (Charlotte, N.C/West Charlotte) and guards Jaylen Forbes (Florence, Miss./Florence) and Jaden Shackelford (Hesperia, Ca./Hesperia) who, combined with Rojas, make up the six members of the Tide’s 2019 signing class.
In addition to his two All-America accolades, Rojas collected numerous additional honors during his sophomore season. He was named the 2019 Jayhawk West Conference Player of the Year, as well as a first-team All-Jayhawk West honoree while also being named to the All-Region VI First Team and Region VI All-Tournament team.
Playing in 29 games as a sophomore during the 2018-19 campaign, Rojas, who originally committed to Oats while he was at the University of Buffalo, was Hutchinson's leading scorer and the Jayhawk Conference's third-leading scorer at 19.0 points per game, while also collecting 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 25.8 minutes a contest. The Jamestown, N.Y., native finished the season shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from beyond the arc, knocking down 28 three-pointers (28-of-73). He was also a 79.5 percent free throw shooter.
Behind the play of Rojas, Hutchinson reached its seventh-straight Region VI Tournament championship game. Rojas scored a career-high 30 points in a Region VI Tournament double-overtime victory over No. 3 Coffeyville to reach the finals. Despite falling in the championship game, he led the way with 29 points and 11 rebounds to close the season with 16 games of 20 points or more and three double-doubles.
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I've learned over the last few that the roster numbers are still pretty fluid. In other words, if there's a guy out there that can help there will be a place for him. If there's two, there'll be two.
How he's handling the numbers? Your guess is as good as mine. I do know in spite of Avery bringing in some talent and putting the spotlight on UA's program we very well could see a HUGE roster change versus last year.
If you don't know the specifics of Joseph how do you know they aren't similar to Kamara? When the connection is maturity and attitude problems, who's to say that specifics of each case matter that much?
One area that feels the same is the depth chart. Joseph played some meaningful plays last season, but Stingly has already been declared the next great Tiger DB. Kristian Fulton finally got reinstated and has been as good as advertised. Joseph's story at this point kinda looks like Savion Smith as far as the depth chart is concerned. Unfortunately for Joseph, he's too young to enter the NFL and go undrafted. Kamara didn't break through either and frankly was in for a wait. His attitude and poor decisions made his stay less painful for everyone.
As far as what Joseph's Dad said, good for him. Frankly, it would have taken a lot less bad decisions for my Dad to enter the room as the "voice of reason." His son is in need of some serious mature mentoring, let's see if his parents are up to it.