The excitement kicked off with our gymnastics team beating Florida on Friday night in a down-to-the-wire contest that ultimately required our two seniors, Diandra Milliner and Kim Jacob, each scoring 9.85 in the final event of the evening to bring home the victory.
Tabbed to SEC All-Freshman Team, becoming the first Alabama player to earn that honor since Trevor Releford in 2011 ... named SEC Freshman of the Week (3/3) after averaging 17 points and 6.5 rebounds in games against Ole Miss and Auburn ... became the first Crimson Tide player to earn the league's freshman of the week award since Releford on Feb. 7, 2011 ... averaged 11.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in conference play, while connecting on 43.5 percent of his shots from the floor and 35.0 percent from beyond the arc ... during league play, ranked eighth among SEC freshmen in scoring and ninth in rebounding ... exploded for a season-high 27 points at Ole Miss, also registering season highs for field goals made (7), free throws made (10), three-point field goals made (3) and rebounds (9) ... ranked second on the team in three-point shooting (35.2 percent), third in rebounds per game (3.6) and fourth in points per game (8.8) ... scored 18 points and hit 7-of-7 free throws in win over Arkansas ... recorded then season-bests of 17 points and six assists in win over LSU, including three-pointer that gave Alabama the lead for good with under a minute left ... finished with 15 points in season-high 39 minutes played during win over Ole Miss ... had 15 points in first SEC start against Vanderbilt ... drained three three-pointers and finished with 14 points against Xavier ... earned first start and responded with nine points and a season-best nine rebounds in 29 minutes of action at UCLA ... scored eight points and collected a team-high seven rebounds versus Georgia State.
Four-star recruit per Rivals.com and ESPN.com ... ranked No. 21 at his position and No. 98 nationally by Rivals ... averaged 17.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a senior at the Christ School (in Arden, N.C.), under head coach David Gaines ... named first team all-state and the CAA Conference Player of the Year in 2013 ... first team all-conference in both 2012 and 2013 ... averaged 15.4 points and 5.2 rebounds during junior season ... won three-point competition at the Future150 camp.
Born Nov. 13, 1994, in Johnson City, Tennessee ... son of Lisa and Shannon Hale Sr. ... majoring in health sciences.