How soon can James Rojas return from injury for Alabama basketball? Nate Oats gives update

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama senior forward James Rojas is getting closer to playing. 

He tore his ACL in practice in June, which led to surgery that has prevented him from playing so far this season. 

On Friday, Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats said it should be within a week that Rojas returns to the court. 

"Maybe looking possibly at LSU next week," Oats said. "He's going through warmups and everything right now as if he is going to play." 

Rojas has been doing some live halfcourt work in practice. The next stage will be for the Crimson Tide to get him doing everything live in practice. 

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"He looked good in the half court," Oats said. "Guarded, brings some toughness, passed the ball well." 

Rojas played in 30 games in 2020-21, making one start. He averaged 2.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 11.1 minutes. 

He was second on Alabama with 18 floor drives and earned two Hard Hat awards from the team. 

The Crimson Tide could use the reinforcements as it looks to stop the losing streak at two after losses this past week to Missouri and Auburn. 

Next up, No. 25 Alabama (11-5, 2-2 SEC) faces Mississippi State (11-4, 2-1) at 5 p.m. on Saturday in Starkville. 

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