In a world where transfer portal moves are common, Rylan Griffen's decision to enter it comes as a shock, especially after his standout sophomore season with Alabama's Final Four run.

By the Numbers
  • Griffen started 33 games and averaged over 11 points per game in his sophomore season.
  • During the NCAA tournament, he averaged over 13 points per game with a field goal percentage of over 50% in the five-game stretch.
Yes, But

Griffen's departure raises questions about his long-term plans and the impact on Alabama's future lineup, especially for players like Mark Sears, Latrell Wrightsell, and Grant Nelson.

State of Play
  • Alabama's focus now shifts to finding a replacement for Griffen through the transfer portal, in addition to strengthening the team's frontcourt.
  • Interest in Griffen from various programs across the country is expected, indicating a competitive recruitment process.
What's Next

As Alabama navigates this roster change, Coach Nate Oats will likely intensify efforts to secure new talent via the transfer portal, leveraging the program's recent success.

Bottom Line

Griffen's surprising move to the transfer portal introduces a challenge for Alabama Basketball, but it also presents an opportunity to enhance the team's roster and maintain momentum under Coach Nate Oats.