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Alabama’s Ben Eblen to forego final season of eligibility

With a little over two months before the beginning of the college basketball season, the Alabama men’s basketball team’s roster is beginning to take shape. Today, head coach Anthony Grant revealed that point guard Ben Eblen will forego his final season of eligibility in order to focus on academics.

Eblen is set to graduate in December and would have competed heavily with redshirt freshman Retin Obasohan for playing time in 2012.

“I want to thank the basketball program, the University, the Tuscaloosa community and my teammates for the best three years of my life. The relationships and memories created in Tuscaloosa will last a lifetime,” Eblen said in a statement released by the University. “Representing the University of Alabama has been a privilege I’m thankful for and I’m eager to receive my degree and begin the next chapter in my life.”

During his time at Alabama, Eblen was primarily known as a game-managing point guard. Never known for his phenomenal scoring abilities or ability to break down a defense, Eblen was used to backup junior point guard Trevor Releford in virtually any situation. His reliable defense, ability to run the offense and understanding of how to control the game made him a valuable asset for head coach Anthony Grant.

Eblen earned two starts during his time at Alabama and averaged .5 points per game, 8.1 minutes per game and .7 assists per game. The 6-foot-0, 191-pound point guard played in 93 games for the Crimson Tide.

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