Alabama loses senior guard for season

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Alabama lost some guard depth on Friday as it was announced by the school in a release that 6-foot-3 senior guard Christophe Varidel will be out for the 2014-15 season.

The release states that Varidel has pre-existing injuries from before his time at Alabama.

“Since arriving on campus last May, Christophe has battled pre-existing injuries that have prevented him from participating in any individual workouts or team related activities,” Grant said in the release. “After several months of seeking medical assistance from multiple physicians and being unable to reach a solution to his issues. Christophe and I both feel it is in the best interest of his long-term health and well-being for him to step away from basketball at this time. This will allow him to focus on getting healthy while continuing to pursue his master’s degree from Alabama.”

Varidel started his college basketball career at Florida Gulf Coast before transferring to Division II Chaminade. In five games with Chaminade last season, Varidel averaged 21.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

“I am disappointed to end my college career this way, but I have to accept the situation,” Varidel said. “I would have loved to challenge myself at such a high-level of basketball and help the team reach its goals. I would like to thank coach Grant and the rest of the coaching staff for the opportunity and apologize to all the fans for not being able to play this year.”

Losing Varidel’s experienced scoring will hurt Alabama’s depth this season as they were hoping the graduate transfer could provide a boost behind senior Levi Randolph and junior Retin Obasohan this season. Instead, the Tide will look to Tulane transfer Ricky Tarrant and freshman Justin Coleman as depth.