While Alabama must replace the Southeastern Conference player of the year and an NBA draft lottery pick from its best team in decades, coach Nate Oats is hardly starting from scratch.
Oats still enters his third season in Tuscaloosa with the preseason No. 14 team thanks to the return of leading scorers Jaden Shackelford and Jahvon Quinerly.
The Crimson Tied also have an influx of new players expected to make an immediate impact. That new group includes five-star point guard signee JD Davidson and Furman transfer forward Noah Gurley.