Carl Engstrom

Carl Engstrom will leave Alabama to pursue professional basketball career in Europe

Leave a comment

Alabama will be without fifth-year senior center Carl Engstrom, who will be departing the program in order to pursue a professional playing career in Europe, the university announced on Tuesday evening.

“After talking with coach Grant and my family, I decided it was in my best interest to move on,” Engstrom said in a statement. “I am thankful for my time here at Alabama. It is a great university and I am so happy to earn a degree from here. I also would like to thank my teammates, coaches, staff and all the Bama fans for supporting me during my career.”

The 7-foot-1 center began playing basketball only two years prior to the start of his college career in Tuscaloosa. He played briefly in the 2012-2013 season before tearing his ACL and receiving a medical redshirt. In his final season with the Crimson Tide, he averaged 1.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

“It was great to have Carl as part of our team the past four years,” Alabama head coach Anthony Grant added. “He has been a great example as a teammate and student-athlete. We certainly wish him the best of luck as he continues his basketball career.”

Before enrolling at Alabama, Engstrom has experience in international competition as a member of the Swedish Under-20 and Under-18 national teams.

Alabama finished 13-19 (7-11 SEC) in 2013-2014.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
(AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Leave a comment

Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Leave a comment

Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: