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Ronald Steele
Ronald Steele

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Birmingham, Alabama

High School:
John Carroll

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 191

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
04/22/1986

Experience:
3L



CAREER: One of college basketball's top point guards...was a Preseason All-American in 2007-08 before an injury forced him to sit out the season...Alabama's all-time leader in free-throw accuracy (.868)...has started 88 of 89 games he has been in a Crimson Tide uniform...for his career, has 920 points, 331 rebounds, 397 assists, 98 steals and 14 blocked shots...currently ranks among UA's career leaders in free-throw percentage (1st, .868), three-point field goal percentage (3rd, .421), assists (8th, 397), assists per game (5th, 4.46), and minutes played (5th, 1,191)...has scored 20 or more points in nine career games going into 2007-08 season.

2007-08 (REDSHIRT): Awarded a redshirt to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery on both knees on April 3, 2007 and a follow-up procedure on the left knee on August 23, 2007...a December 15, 2007, UA graduate with degree in Financial Planning.

2006-07 (JUNIOR): AP Preseason All-America...Playboy Preseason All-America...Second Team NABC All-District 6...a member of the SEC Good Works Team...a Bob Cousy Award Finalist...a Naismith Award Candidate...a John Wooden Award Candidate...had started in 70 consecutive games (every UA game since his freshman year) before missing his first start when UA played Texas Southern on Nov. 25...the 2007 SEC Tournament First Round game vs. Kentucky marked the first (and only) career game Steele played in but didn't start for Alabama...played in 26 of Alabama's 32 games, missing seven because of injuries (sprained left ankle against Notre Dame), starting in 25 of those games...averaged 8.6 points per game...shot 87.5 percent (35-40) from the free-throw line...averaged 4.0 assists.

2005-06 (SOPHOMORE): An Honorable Mention Associated Press All-American, Honorable Mention...named to the First Team Coaches All-SEC Team...2006 AP All-SEC...First Team NABC and USBWA All-District ...Academic All-SEC...finished ninth in the SEC in scoring in all games, sharing UA team lead with Jermareo Davidson at 14.3 ppg...finished eighth in the SEC in league games in scoring with 15.9 ppg...scored 20 or more points in six SEC games...SEC statistical champion in free throw percentages (91.4 percent in league games and 89.2 percent in all games)...finished 12th in the NCAA in free throw percentages...SEC statistical champion in minutes played (40.3 per SEC game and 38.4 in all games)...played in the Michael Jordan Camp in the summer of 2006.

2004-05 (FRESHMAN): A Third Team 2005 AP All-SEC selection...voted to the 2005 SEC Coaches All-Freshman Team...Freshman Academic All-SEC...set the school and Coleman Coliseum record for assists in his sixth career game when he dished out 18 assists against East Tennessee State on Dec. 1...the 18 assists against ETSU ranks tied for second all-time in the SEC in single game assists...led the SEC in assists with his 5.0 assists per game (all games)...led the SEC in assists/turnover ratio with 2.46 per game (all games)...Dick Vitale's "Diaper Dandy of the Week" on December 4 for his record-setting 18 assists vs. ETSU...only the third player to start at point guard for Alabama as a true freshman in both his and the team's first game; Ennis Whatley did it in 1982 and Mo Williams did it as a freshman in 2002...played and started in all 32 games...averaged 7.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists a game...led the team with 81.3 percent free throw shooting, connecting on 52 of 64.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Two-time "Mr. Basketball" in the State of Alabama, a first in state history (won in 2003 and 2004)...made state history in 2003 as the first underclassman to win state's "Mr. Basketball" when he took home the honor as a junior...averaged 19 points, 7.6 assists and 4.1 steals in 2003...First Team All-State in 2003 and 2004...led John Carroll Catholic to the 2003 State 6A title with a perfect 36-0 record...the 2003 and 2004 6A Player of the Year...played for the North in the 2003 Alabama All-Star Sports Week North-South All-Star Game...coached by Marty Smith...the 2003 Class 6A Finals MVP...also all-state in football...played AAU basketball for Alabama ICE and Alabama Challenge...born April 22, 1986...son of Ronald and Linda Steele...his mother, Linda, is a UA graduate...his father, Ronald Sr., graduated from Southern University where he played football...has dad also played semi-pro football for the Birmingham Vulcans...was a National Honor Society member in high school...has a younger brother, Andrew...majoring in Consumer Sciences.

     
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