Exhibition play has come and gone for the Alabama Crimson Tide, and there is no question the Tide made the most of its lone preseason game, pounding Faulkner 91-71 Thursday night.
It’s not as if it’s any surprise Alabama won the game. It’s supposed to win games like this. This was a chance for head coach Avery Johnson to see what he has and overall he has no complaints, praising the team’s effort against the Eagles.
But no team is ever perfect and the Crimson Tide still have plenty it can improve upon if it hopes to be one of the better teams in the SEC this year.
“Overall, the pace has to get a little faster. We’ve got to pay a little more attention to detail, especially defending the 3-point line,” Johnson said. “We came out of the gate pretty good. Now we’ve got some more information on video. We’ll break it down in our next practice. We’ll try to improve on some of the areas we need to work on.”
One of the more promising performances to come out of the game against Faulkner was the one Ar’Mond Davis delivered in his first game in an Alabama uniform.
Davis is a transfer from Southern Idaho where he was rated one of the top 10 junior college players in the country. He averaged 17.1 points per game last year at Southern Idaho and he didn’t miss much of a beat in his first game at the next level, pouring in 17 points to pave the way for the Crimson Tide.
Davis is a talented shooting guard who will provide a big boost to an Alabama offense that needs to be effective and consistent if the Crimson Tide is going to contend in the conference.
Johnson liked what he saw out of Davis in his debut.
“I thought he was balanced most of the time,” Johnson said. “Once he gets balanced, he thinks he can make it from anywhere. You saw a little bit of a snapshot of it tonight.”
Davis connected on five of his 10 shots from the field and drilled four 3-pointers to highlight his effort. It’s a good sign for an Alabama team that is striving to be a much better offensive team after averaging a little over 66 points per game and shooting just 42.2 percent from the floor.
The play of Dazon Ingram wasn’t bad either. He scored 15 points and is looking to have a breakout year after having his freshman season ended by a foot injury in early December. Ingram made one 3-pointer in the victory. Being able to do that consistently will make Ingram a force to be reckoned with.
“With him being a triple-double threat, if he can make three, he takes his game to a different level,” Johnson said. “We know he can pass, we know he can rebound and he’s a heck of a defender. He’s a good pick and roll player, but if he starts making threes, then we start talking about him going into another stratosphere, and that’s what we’re after.”
Ingram’s potential appears to be unlimited. The same can be said for Davis. Together, the two could be a formidable one-two scoring punch that will give opposing teams headaches and put Alabama on a path to not only be one of the better teams in the SEC, but to be a team that could be very dangerous in March in the NCAA tournament.