Alabama Basketball: Mitchell and Green out for Arkansas game; Grant talks about suspensions, this week’s games

Alabama Crimson Tide basketball coach Anthony Grant said star Alabama players Tony Mitchell and JaMychal Green would not be back for Thursday’s game against Arkansas in Fayetteville.

“I don’t anticipate them (Mitchell and Green) being available for Thursday,” Grant said during the weekly SEC teleconference Monday.

Alabama faces Arkansas and Mississippi State this week.

Grant said he was in the “process” of holding meetings with Green and Mitchell. He did not provide any information on when a meeting would be held between him and the players. He reserved a decision on their status for Saturday’s game against Mississippi State.

“We will make the decision here,” Grant said enigmatically.

Grant said his team has “moved on” since the suspensions of the team’s leading scorer and rebounder.

“We are just trying to get better with each practice and prepare as best we can for the opponent that is in front of us,” Grant said.

Grant praised the efforts of his two seven footers, Carl Engstrom (Center, 7’1”, 250 lbs., Ystad, Sweden) and Moussa Gueye (Center, 7’0”, 280 lbs., Dakar, Senegal). Grant said both players contributed to Alabama’s recent win against

“I thought defensively they gave us a presence and offensively did a good job of staying active and taking advantage of the opportunities they had,” Grant said. “We are going to need more of that out of them.”

Grant praised Trevor Lacy’s aggressive effort and how this netted him 12 free throws with his attacking play.

“He is a freshman that is learning college basketball and learning what his role is,” Grant said. He added the last game was a positive step for the player.

You can listen to audio of today’s teleconference in the embedded player: