Ben Eblen Leaves VCU for Grant’s Alabama

Ben EblenTUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — New Alabama coach Anthony Grant has his first signee.

Grant announced the signing of point guard Ben Eblen from Melbourne, Fla., on Wednesday. Eblen initially signed to play for Grant at Virginia Commonwealth but was granted a release from his scholarship after the coach left to take over the Crimson Tide program.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder helped lead Florida Academy to a 25-1 record last season. He averaged 10 points, eight assists and four steals.

Grant said Eblen brings skill, selflessness and competitiveness to the team.

Eblen will join the Tide’s four fall signees, guard Charvez Davis and forwards Chris Hines, Shawn Kemp Jr. and Tony Mitchell next season.

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