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.
Tide and Tigers will square off for second time this season
Tabbed to SEC All-Freshman team, becoming the first Alabama player to earn the recognition since 2011 (Trevor Releford) ... named SEC Freshman of the Week (3/3) after averaging 17 points and 6.5 rebounds a game in contests against Ole Miss and Auburn ... was awarded team's most outstanding freshman ... 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) ... averaged 11.6 points and 4.1 rebounds a game in conference play, while connecting on 43.5 percent of his shots from the floor and 35.0 percent from beyond the arc ... ranked eighth among SEC freshman in league play only in scoring and ninth in rebounding ... had a career-high 27 points at Ole Miss (2/26) ... also set or matched career-best marks in field goals made (7), free throws made (10), three-point field goals made (3) and rebounds (9) at Ole Miss ... scored 18 points and hit 7-of-7 free throws in the win over Arkansas (3/8) ... recorded then career-bests of 17 points and six assists in the win over LSU (1/25), including giving Alabama the lead for good on a three-pointer with under a minute left ... finished with 15 points and had career-highs in minutes played (39) and free throws attempted (12) in win over Ole Miss (2/11) ... had 15 points and also set a then-career best in field goals made (6) in first SEC start against Vanderbilt (1/7) ... earned first career start and responded with nine points and a career-best nine rebounds in 29 minutes of action at UCLA (12/28) ... scored eight points and collected a team-high seven rebounds vs. Georgia State (11/19).
A four-star recruit according to Rivals.com and ESPN.com ... ranked No. 21 in his position and No. 98 nationally by Rivals ... averaged 17.1 points and 6.0 rebounds a game as a senior at the Christ School 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 a game during his junior season ... won three-point competition at the Future150 camp.
Born Nov. 13, 1994 ... the son of Lisa and Shannon Hale Sr. in Johnson City, Tennessee ... attended Christ School in Arden, North Carolina ... major is undecided.