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Will Charles Bediako, Darius Miles play for Alabama basketball in opener? What Nate Oats said

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama basketball should have most of its roster available for the season opener.

Charles Bediako and Darius Miles have been making progress and the latest injury update on them was positive from coach Nate Oats when he spoke Friday ahead of the Crimson Tide’s opener against Longwood on Monday (7:30 p.m., SEC Network+) at Coleman Coliseum.

Both players missed the exhibition game against Southern Illinois with undisclosed injuries.

“(Charles has) been back practicing,” Oats said. “Anticipate him being able to play if everything goes well here the next couple days in practice.

Miles has been practicing, too, Oats said.

“Hopefully he is ready to go on Monday too,” Oats said. “Should be almost full strength. (Jahvon) Quinerly won’t be back for a little while yet. We’re almost at full strength now.”

Bediako, a sophomore center, and Miles, a junior forward, are two of only a select few returners from last season. The Crimson Tide’s roster looks quite different. The only other returners are Noah Gurley and Quinerly.

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Nimari Burnett, a Texas Tech transfer, was on the roster last year. He didn’t play, though. He was out for the season with a knee injury.

He was on a minutes restriction for the exhibition game, but Oats said Burnett will be off that for the season opener.

“He’s been looking good at practice,” Oats said.