What could Alabama basketball's roster look like next season?

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama basketball's roster is certainly going to look different next season, as is often the case in college basketball now with the transfer portal and professional options to be explored. 

The Crimson Tide just wrapped up its season with a first-round loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament this past week, Alabama's first back-to-back March Madness trips in 16 years. Now, the attention pivots to next season. 

Whether it be players leaving early for the NBA Draft, deciding to go into the transfer portal, or staying longer because of the COVID-19 waiver, there's no shortage of potential change when it comes to the offseason in college basketball. 

Alabama could always add players in the transfer portal, too. 

Here's a look at the Crimson Tide's situation with scholarship players heading into the offseason. 

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Departing upperclassmen

These are individuals who went through senior day. That doesn't preclude a player from staying, but it makes it likely he leaves. 

Keon Ellis: He's ESPN's No. 45 player on its best available draft prospect rankings

Jahvon Quinerly: Alabama's starting point guard suffered an injury in the NCAA Tournament, but he confirmed on his Instagram that he will be moving on from college basketball. ESPN lists him as its No. 93 prospect. 

James Rojas: He went through senior day after two seasons at Alabama following his transfer from community college. Rojas has overcome two ACL injuries over that span. 

New signees

Alabama has the No. 3 class for 2022 behind Duke and Arkansas, according to the 247Sports Composite. It is Alabama's first class with two five-star signees. 

Jaden Bradley: He's a 6-foot-3, 185-pound McDonald's All-American and five-star prospect from IMG Academy. He's also the No. 1 point guard in the country. 

Brandon Miller: The five-star, 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward is Alabama's other McDonald's All-American in the class. From Antioch, Tennessee, Miller is viewed by Alabama as one of the best pro prospects in the class.  

Rylan Griffen: He's a 6-foot-5, 180-pound scoring guard from Dallas. A four-star prospect, Griffen is someone Oats called a proven winner. 

Noah Clowney: The 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward comes from Roebuck, South Carolina. Oats said the four-star prospect is a great athlete with plenty of upside. 

Nick Pringle: Alabama added the No. 1 JUCO power forward in the class in Pringle. He's a 6-foot-9 and 220-pound player whom Oats called an athletic and skilled big man. 

Status of other players 

If players decide to pursue the NBA, the early entry deadline is April 24. The NCAA early entry withdrawal deadline is June 1 while the NBA early entry withdrawal deadline is June 13. The NBA draft is scheduled for June 23. 

Oats said before the end of the season that all four guards, Jaden Shackelford, JD Davison, Ellis and Quinerly, had indicated they would look at professional options and then determine whether they stay or go. 

Jaden Shackelford: Having just completed his third season with the Crimson Tide, he's expected to look at professional options and chances are good he moves on from college basketball. Shackelford, Alabama's leading scorer the past two seasons, explored other options ahead of this season by putting his name in the transfer portal as well as the NBA Draft. He ultimately chose the Crimson Tide again, returning for his junior year and removing his name from the portal and the draft prior to the deadline. 

JD Davison: The freshman guard's status will be one to follow. He could certainly benefit from another season with Alabama, but he might decide to go the one-and-done route and enter the NBA draft. ESPN ranks him as the No. 33 prospect, the highest of any Alabama player. 

Mar 18, 2022; San Diego, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats talks with guard JD Davison (3) in the first half during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Noah Gurley: Oats said that the grad transfer will return for another season, made possible by the COVID-19 waiver. He was fifth on the team in minutes (18) and points (6.8) per game in his first season after transferring from Furman, a mid-major. 

Charles Bediako: He is expected to return for his sophomore season. Bediako will look to add size in the offseason after a freshman year in which he showed flashes of potential. He will want to aim for more consistency and fewer fouls in his second season. 

Nimari Burnett: The former Texas Tech transfer is expected to be back after missing the 2021-22 season with an ACL tear. He's also a former McDonald's All-American. 

Alex Tchikou: The former four-star forward has placed his name in the transfer portal after receiving minimal playing time in his second season with the Crimson Tide. He missed the 2020-21 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. 

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Keon Ambrose-Hylton: He also has entered the transfer portal after playing in 11 games this season. The former four-star prospect from Ontario averaged 5.5 minutes, one point, 0.8 rebounds. 0. 4 assists, 0. 1 blocks and 0.4 turnovers per game. 

Juwan Gary: He could very well stay with Alabama or explore his options in the transfer portal if he doesn't see an avenue to more playing time. Gary was eighth on the team in average minutes per game (15.6) in his sophomore season. He started 16 games in 2021-22. 

Darius Miles: Similar to Gary, he could remain with the Crimson Tide or look for another spot with more opportunities. Miles started only two games this past season while averaging 17.2 minutes per game, which ranked seventh on the team. 

Jusaun Holt: He's another whose future could include him staying or going. Holt didn't start his freshman season and was tenth on the team in minutes per game (7.1). His status with the team was in question after he didn't travel with the team to LSU, but he played 15 minutes against Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament before one minute against Notre Dame. 

Contact Alabama reporter Nick Kelly: nkelly@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly.