I have written in this space before how the Alabama Crimson Tide basketball team did not have much space to add players through recruiting this offseason. Head coach Anthony Grant landed a Top-5 recruiting class in 2011 bringing in six recruits. After a 21-12 season and a first round exit in the NCAA Tournament, the Crimson Tide will seemingly be losing only one player and that is senior JaMychal Green. Obviously a spot on the roster could open up depending on what happens with Tony Mitchell, but other than that don’t expect much on the recruiting front.
One new face Tide fans should get ready to see on the court next season is Retin Obasohan. The 6-foot-1 guard from Antwerp, Belgium redshirted in 2011-12 after being a surprising late add to Alabama’s strong recruiting class. The diehard fans out there probably remember seeing Obasohan on the court during the two scrimmage games prior to the start of the season. You also have probably seen his excited face on the bench cheering on his teammates throughout the year.
Obasohan (32) redshirted in 2011-12, but his future is bright with the Crimson Tide.
Other than that, most people probably don’t know much about the redshirt freshman guard. I caught up with Obasohan on twitter and he agreed to let me email him some questions for him to answer. Through this and following him on twitter, I have learned that he is a genuinely good and humble guy that all Alabama fans should be proud to have representing the University.
Here is the 10-question interview:
1. When did you first start playing basketball, and what made you pick up the game?
– I started playing basketball when I was 6 years old. My big brother played basketball at that time and I played tennis. But when I went to one of his games I told my dad I wanted to play basketball and I went on from there. I don’t really remember what at that time attracted me to the game of basketball, but I thank God it did.
2. What made you decide to come all the way to the University of Alabama to play?
– Going into my senior year of high school I was faced with the decision of playing professionally in Europe or going to college. I personally wanted to go to college so I can get an degree and compete on a high level. I was extremely fortunate that the coaches here at the University of Alabama wanted to give me that opportunity, and I seized it as quick as possible.
3. I know you redshirted this season, but through practices and the scrimmage games, what is the biggest transition from playing in Belgium to playing college basketball in the SEC?
– The biggest adjustment was by far the style of play. The speed and physicality of the game in the SEC is a lot higher than what it is back in Belgium. And getting used to playing the point position on the collegiate level.
4. What is it like playing for Coach Grant?
– Playing for Coach Grant is great, he truly cares about his players and you see that in the manner he interacts with us. One of the things I appreciate the most about him is that in all he does he tries to teach us lessons that we can take with us for the rest of our lives. He coaches us not only to become better basketball players; but also to become better men as our lives go on.
5. What do you think you can bring to the team next season?
– Great energy, I love bringing energy to the game and getting everybody fired up to go at it. I’ll just keep putting in the work in order to keep improving so I can help the team to the best of my abilities when I get the opportunity to.
6. What part of your game do you feel you most need to improve to be able to contribute next season?
– There are so many aspects of my game that I can improve in. To sum it up I would say improving on the point position, try to become the best point guard I could possibly be.
7. I’m sure you have found out how big Alabama football is in Tuscaloosa and the state as a whole. Have you been able to attend any games yet, and if you have what was that experience like?
– Yes, I think I attended almost every single home game. It was an incredible experience, to see how this state supports its football team was just amazing. The amount of people that show up for games was something I hadn’t seen before.
8. What is your favorite part about Tuscaloosa?
– It’s very spacious, and the southern hospitality is humbling. It didn’t take me a long time to make it my home away from home and that’s something that isn’t easy to do.
9. Who is your favorite basketball player of all time?
– Derrick Rose
10. What are you majoring in, and what would you like to do after college?
– I am majoring in Finance, and I’m aspiring to play in the NBA one day. But I rather take it one step at a time, and keep my focus where I am now, The University of Alabama. Enjoy and take full advantage of the opportunity I have here.
Once again, a big thanks to Retin Obasohan for taking the time to answer all of these questions and to answer them thoroughly. He has a bright future playing for the Crimson Tide.
You can follow Retin on twitter @RetinObasohan32 and you can follow me @jlmitchell93
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