Alabama basketball: Donta Hall practices, Avery Johnson updates status ahead of NCAA Tournament

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PITTSBURGH — Outside of the stellar play of Collin Sexton, the biggest story surrounding Alabama basketball is the health of forward Donta Hall.

Hall hit his head on a scary fall in the second half against Auburn in an SEC Tournament game last Friday in St. Louis. He suffered a concussion and missed the Crimson Tide’s semifinal loss to Kentucky on Saturday.

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Alabama is a No. 9 seed in the NCAA tourney and will match up against No. 8 Virginia Tech in the first round. The Crimson Tide and Hokies will meet at 9:20 p.m. ET Thursday in Pittsburgh in the East Region. The game will be televised by TNT.

“Right now, he’s day-to-day,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. “He hasn’t been able to do much in practice. He did a little bit today, but now we have to see how he recovers. So he will be a game-time decision. I just think right now, it’s probably 60/40. I’m more concerned about the 40 than I am the 60. And as you can tell in our last game, when you don’t have somebody like Donta, that’s an all-SEC defensive player, then the guy that he’s assigned to guard, he’ll make seven threes on you, and he’ll (score) 20-plus points instead of normal 5 or 7 points.”

Let’s be clear here: Alabama held two different types of practices on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the Crimson Tide held a closed workout at Duquesne University.

Around 5:30 ET, Alabama held an open practice/shoot around in PPG Paints Arena. Hall was a full participant for the open workout. He moved well, dunked the ball, shot threes, joked with teammates and even did some light five-on-five work. What that means for his status Thursday night remains to be seen.

In the video below, we focus on Hall and Sexton for the majority of the team, but it also gives you an overall glimpse into the Crimson Tide’s open workout.

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