Ronald Steele

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2006 AP All-America Honorable Mention
2007 AP Pre-Season All-America
2005 & 2006 All-SEC

COLLEGIATE HIGHLIGHTS:

2006-2007 (Junior):

  • AP Preseason All-America
  • Playboy Preseason All-America
  • 2nd Team NABC All-District 6
  • SEC Good Works Team
  • Bob Cousy Award Finalist
  • Naismith Candidate
  • John Wooden Candidate
  • Had arthroscopic surgery on both knees to repair small cartilage defects on April 3, 2007 and a clean-up procedure on the left knee on August 23, 2007
  • Had started in 70 consecutive games--every UA game since his freshman year-- before missing his first start (knee) when UA played Texas Southern on November 25, 2006
  • The 2007 SEC tournament 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 in Notre Dame game, too), starting in 25 of those games
  • Averaged 8.6 points
  • Shot .875% (35-40) from the free throw line
  • Averaged 4.0 assists
  • Scored 20 or more points in nine career games going into 2007-08 season

2005-2006 (Sophomore):

  • AP All-American, Honorable Mention 2006
  • 2006 Coaches All-SEC, 1st team
  • 2006 AP All-SEC
  • NABC and USBWA All-District
  • Academic All-SEC (2nd time)
  • Finished 9th in the SEC in scoring in all games, sharing UA team lead with Jermareo Davidson at 14.3 ppg
  • Finished 8th in the SEC in league games in scoring with 15.9 ppg
  • Scored 20 or more points in six  SEC games in 2005-06
  • SEC stats champion in free throw  percentages (.914% in league games and .892% in all games)
  • Finished 12th in the NCAA in free throw percentages
  • SEC stats champion in minutes played (40.3 per SEC game and 38.4 in all games)
  • Michael Jordan Camp in summer of 2006

2004-2005 (Freshman):     

  • 2005 AP All-SEC, 3rd Team
  • 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 University on Dec. 1, 2004
  • Did not make a single turnover in 33 minutes of play in that ETSU game and was guarding one of nation’s quickest stars, Tim Smith
  • His 18 single game assists against ETSU ranks T-2nd all-time in the Southeastern Conference in single game assists (19 is the record)
  • Led the SEC as a freshman in assists with his 5.0 assists per game (all games)
  • Led the SEC as a freshman in assists/turnover ratio with 2.46 per game (all games)
  • Dick Vitale’s “Diaper Dandy of the Week”, named in his ESPN column on December 4 for his record-setting 18 assists vs. ETSU
  • Only the 3rd player ever 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 his freshman season in 2004-05
  • Averaged 7.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists a game as a freshman in 2004-05
  • Led the 2004-05 team with his .813% free throw shooting, connecting upon 52 of 64

PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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 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
  • All-State in 2003 and 2004
  • Led the John Carroll Catholic High School Cavaliers to the 2003 State 6A title with a perfect 36-0 record
  • 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
  • 2003 6A Finals MVP
  • Also all-state in football in high school
  • Played AAU basketball for Alabama ICE and Alabama Challenge

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

  • A financial planning major
  • Mom, Linda, is a UA graduate
  • Dad, Ronald, Sr., graduated from Southern University where he played football; he also played semi-pro football for the Birmingham Vulcans
  • First present ever received as a baby was a basketball
  • Used to dribble on roller skates as a kid
  • National Honor Society member in high school
  • Family includes a younger brother, Andrew \
  • Parents are Ronald Steele, Sr. and Linda Steele
  • Born April 22, 1986

 

 

 


 

 

     
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