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Alabama basketball lands transfer Aden Holloway from Auburn: What it means for Tide

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama’s men’s basketball program was further added to its 2024-2025 roster on Saturday when former Auburn point guard Aden Holloway committed to the Crimson Tide. Holloway, a former five-star recruit, started 26 of 35 games for the Tigers last season, averaging 7.3 points and 2.7 assists per game. Holloway visited Alabama on Thursday and is proving to be a key piece for next year’s team.

Holloway is the third transfer portal commitment for Alabama during this period, joining guards Houston Mallette (Pepperdine) and Chris Youngblood (South Florida). Holloway’s commitment brings the number of scholarships in Alabama to twelve.

What does Holloway’s commitment mean for Alabama?

Holloway’s numbers this past season weren’t eye-catching, but the combination with Alabama could yield big results. Holloway is a high-level talent with a year of starting experience for a team that won the SEC tournament title. Now he joins an Alabama roster where he (presumably) won’t have to carry a big load and can develop without the pressure he faced as a five-star first-year starter.

Assuming Mark Sears returns, Holloway fills a need as a secondary ballhandler who can get Alabama’s offense in and out of sets when Sears is off the field. Holloway had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3:1 last season and will be another playmaker creating shots for shooters like Latrell Wrightsell Jr. and newcomers Mallette and Youngblood, while also being able to create for himself. Should Sears leave, there’s a possibility Holloway could assume the starting point guard role, or coach Nate Oats could opt for a guard lineup with Wrightsell-Mallette-Youngblood and a starting frontcourt to be determined while Grant Nelson weighs an NBA Draft decision .

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Holloway shot 31.8 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range last season, but playing in Alabama’s offense and being surrounded by a litany of shooters should free Holloway up for better looks. One of the areas he struggled the most was scoring inside the three-point line, an area where Sears took a significant step from the 2022-23 season to this past season.

Holloway, like Sears, is an undersized point guard, and the potential opportunity to learn under Sears would be invaluable. If Holloway can make similar strides under Oats and improve his strength in his second season, he could become a valuable combo guard in minutes. In that same vein, his size led to unfavorable situations on defense, where Alabama struggled last season. That’s a concern, but another offseason in a strength program and a team-wide commitment to better defensive play should insulate him a bit.

Alabama has one roster spot left available, which it will likely use for a frontcourt addition. According to On3’s Joe Tipton, Alabama will host Rutgers center Clifford Omoruyi next weekend. Omoruyi is a two-time All-Big Ten defensive selection with one year of eligibility remaining. The backcourt appears complete with Holloway, who is more of a combo scorer, but is a developing playmaker who could see a growing, evolving role under Oats as he grows through the program.

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