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Alabama basketball's Nimari Burnett expected to play against Missouri | Sources

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Guard Nimari Burnett is expected to play against Missouri after missing more than a month with a wrist injury, sources told The Tuscaloosa News prior to Saturday's game.

Burnett hasn't played since the win over Houston on Dec. 10. He underwent surgery on his left wrist Dec. 13.

Prior to the injury, Burnett was averaging 18.8 minutes, 7.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.4 steals. He was a starter in nine games to begin the season for the Crimson Tide.

He transferred from Texas Tech after the 2020-21 season but then had to miss all of 2021-22 after he sustained a knee injury in the preseason.

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Burnett is set to join an already deep lineup. Freshman Jaden Bradley took his place in the starting lineup and has been strong for the Crimson Tide. Alabama has also since brought back Dom Welch, the St. Bonaventure transfer, from an injury he dealt with until the beginning of SEC play on Dec. 28.

Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News/USA TODAY Network. Reach him via email: nkelly@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly.