Alabama basketball lands guard Aaron Estrada, a Hofstra transfer

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama basketball has added another player in the transfer portal, and he's a productive one.

Aaron Estrada, a Hosftra guard, has announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide, he told On3 on Saturday. He picked Alabama over teams such as Kansas State, Florida State and Cincinnati.

He joins Wichita State's Jaykwon Walton in transferring to the Crimson Tide this offseason.

Estrada averaged 20.2 points per game this past season for Hofstra over 31 starts. He also tallied 5.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The season before, Estrada started 32 games and finished with 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

Estrada is well-traveled, too. He started his college basketball career with Saint Peter's in 2019-20. Then he transferred to Oregon for the 2020-21 season before eventually departing for Hofstra. Estrada averaged only 12.4 minutes per game with the Ducks.

In total, he adds significant starting experience for the Crimson Tide. He has 77 starts and has played in 100 games.

Where Estrada fits into the lineup remains to be seen because it's unclear how many guards will be available. Rylan Griffen has not indicated he will be departing, and the Crimson Tide essentially adds another guard in freshman Davin Cosby Jr. He joined the team early this past season and had a redshirt semester. Walton is another guard who will be added to the rotation.

The biggest question mark is whether Jahvon Quinerly comes back for his final season of eligibility. He declared for the draft but maintained his college eligibility. Mark Sears did the same, but he figures to be back for his senior season.

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