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Report: Darius Miles, Dom Welch ruled out for Alabama vs Liberty

Nick Schultz11/11/22
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Alabama will be shorthanded for Friday night’s game against Liberty. Darius Miles and Dom Welch will both miss the game.

Miles and Welch weren’t dressed during pregame warmups and wearing walking boots, according to BamaCentral’s Joey Blackwell. Miles has been a key contributor off the bench during his time in Tuscaloosa while Welch is preparing for his first season with the program after transferring from St. Bonaventure.

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Miles played seven minutes in Alabama’s game against Longwood earlier this week, totaling one assist. Welch hasn’t seen the court yet this season and was listed as “doubtful” for Friday’s game.

Alabama is off to a 1-0 start to the 2022-23 season with a victory over Longwood. The Crimson Tide will tip off the matchup against Liberty Friday night at 8 p.m. ET.

Alabama has plenty of newcomers this season

Alabama has some fresh faces on its men’s basketball roster this year, and with the season just a few weeks away, some are making quite an impression. Stadium analyst Jeff Goodman spoke with head coach Nate Oats and shared his scouting report — including a potential starter.

Three transfers are among the six newcomers for Nate Oats’ group, headlined by freshman Brandon Miller. Miller was a five-star recruit and the No. 14 player in the nation from the class of 2022, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. Based on what Oats has seen in practice, the Antioch, Tennessee native is living up to the billing.

“Alabama coach Nate Oats raving to me about the versatility of heralded freshman Brandon Miller,” Goodman wrote. “Says he can use him offensively in a similar manner as Herb Jones, having the ball in his hands a good amount as a playmaker.

“‘Brandon is every bit as good as advertised,’ Oats said.”

Miller’s role on offense will include his ability as a perimeter shooter. However, he won’t be alone. Ohio transfer Mark Sears is another name to watch this year, Goodman said, after he shot 40.8% from three-point territory last season. St. Bonaventure transfer Dom Welch is another name to watch outside, as well.