Carl Engstrom

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

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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.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.