Alabama basketball fans celebrate James Rojas' return from injury vs. Mississippi State

Maxwell Donaldson
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama basketball forward James Rojas took to the court for the first time this season during the Crimson Tide's game against Mississippi State on Saturday. 

In the early second half, Rojas has scored five points and grabbed two rebounds but committed three fouls. 

Rojas had been sitting out while recovering from an ACL injury he suffered in June. The senior from Jamestown, New York, was initially slated to return for the start of Southeastern Conference play. 

Coach Nate Oats had been hoping Rojas could return due to his style of play and the impact he can make on defense. Oats recently said the best chance for Rojas' season debut would be against LSU on Wednesday. 

During the 2020-21 season, Rojas averaged 2.9 points a game and 2.6 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game for the Crimson Tide. 

Rojas transferred to Alabama the after playing the 2018-19 season from Hutchinson Community College. He redshirted the 2019-20 season due to a different ACL injury. 

Alabama basketball fans celebrated Rojas return on Twitter. 

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