Way too early rankings for the following season that come out the day after the national championship game are something of a disease, but they are now commonplace. In any case, raise your hand if you ever thought you would see this headline.
The Crimson Tide put down a marker this year on how it intends to play moving forward: Lots of three-pointers, a fast pace and a stingy defense. Do John Petty Jr. and Herbert Jones come back for another run? What impact does top-10 freshman JD Davison have in a backcourt with holdovers Jahvon Quinerly and Jaden Shackelford? At this point, Alabama might be in line to have more answers than anybody.
Put it down, liar.
Petty and Jones are not coming back, but #1 PG JD Davison is coming to town and we still expect to get top big man Charles Bediako as well. Add that to all of the returning talent and the Tide may well have the best roster in the nation next year. Next season feels like a lifetime away, of course, and plenty can change in that time.
Still, Alabama basketball is ranked #1 in the country in a major publication’s preseason poll. Let that sink in, and smile.