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Alabama freshman Collin Sexton is a force to be reckoned withplay
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On a Tuesday night in mid November, Sexton’s alter ego, “Young Bull,” has come out for Alabama’s home opener against Lipscomb.
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There was no mistaking the 6 foot 3 freshman guard from Mableton, Georgia, as he lingered a few paces behind his teammates during pregame warm ups, eyes focused and Camisas Ralph Lauren trained downward. While most of his teammates breezed through the layup line, Sexton aimed for thunderous dunks. He was one of the last players to leave the floor, shaking his head after every missed shot.
Sexton was making his debut for the Crimson Tide after being suspended for the season opener against Memphis for a violation of NCAA rules. Jacob Heatherly and Matt Coffer were among Bolsos Ralph Lauren those in attendance who came to see the 18 year old do something special.
They designed and printed red “Young Bull” T Shirts to wear to the game. In a football obsessed state, these freshmen from Cullman, Alabama, are familiar with Sexton’s highlight reel, including his performance in the McDonald’s All America Game. In Sexton, they saw someone unafraid to push the limits.
“He wouldn’t be scared to do something flashy,” Coffer said, “and Bolsos Ralph Lauren that’s what separates the good from the great players. He does the extra.”
He added: “Man, I’m just excited he’s in Tuscaloosa. He’s going to change the culture down here.”
Alabama’s much hyped freshman Collin Sexton AKA Young Bull makes his debut tonight vs. Camisas Ralph Lauren Lipscomb after sitting out the season opener. These fans were so excited they made T shirts for the occasion.
“The emotion that he comes into the game with,” Heatherly said before his buddy cut him off.
“Mamba mentality,” Coffer said. “You can see it in his eyes.”
You could hear it in his voice when, barely two minutes into the game, he let loose a scream after Donta Hall turned his pass into a dunk and an and one.
You could see it in his mannerisms when he crouched in a defensive stance during the first half, wild eyed, with both Baul Louis Vuitton Baratos fists clenched tightly as if he were preparing for a brawl.
When he missed a 3 point attempt, he cursed at himself. Anything short of spectacular seemed to set off a storm inside him.
Sexton is the closest thing college basketball has to Russell Westbrook. Their size is Camisas Ralph Lauren the same, as is their game: scoring point guards with 3 point range and the ability to get to the rim at will. But it’s their approach that is eerily similar: an unmistakable, white hot intensity that is borderline maniacal.
Sexton finished with 22 points, five assists and two steals in an 86 64 Air Max White win. Afterward, Alabama coach Avery Johnson lauded his response to his one game suspension. Sexton was ruled ineligible after Alabama officials determined that he was the unnamed player referenced in a federal complaint in connection to a larger FBI investigation into several college basketball programs. Three days later, the school announced that Sexton had been reinstated and would be eligible to play after sitting out the season opener.
“He’s had a lot on his plate,” Johnson said before responding to a question about Sexton’s energy on the court.
“Was he bouncing around? Was he active? Was he animated? Did he dunk in the warm ups?” Johnson asked rhetorically before nodding his head. “Was he maybe trying Bambas Air Max Mujer to get the students fired up? Whatever it is, that’s what we need. Because we don’t talk. So I need a little animation and emotion, pride and whatever they call it swagger.
“I call it confidence, not arrogance. I’m sure he probably was [excited]. He’s had a long road. . If he was animated and emotional and excited about the game, that’s the guy we recruited.”
Avery Johnson won a championship as a player with the San Antonio Spurs and coached an NBA All Star team in 2006 when he was head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. In 2015, after head coaching stints with the Mavericks and the Brooklyn Nets, he found himself at the helm of a mediocre college basketball team in Alabama.
The last time the Crimson Tide made the NCAA tournament was 2012, and their last tourney win came in 2006. They haven’t had a player drafted in the first round of the NBA draft since 2001.