Ryter's Block: Steele's College Career Over
The Story: Alabama guard Ronald Steele will skip the remainder of his senior season due to a heel injury. Steele has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, a condition caused by excessive stretching of tissue on the bottom of the foot. The first two-time Alabama prep Mr. Basketball player earned first-team all SEC honors as a sophomore. Steele’s injury plagued career started with knee problems in his junior season. He had surgery on both of his knees and sat out the entire 2007-08 season. A once almost certain NBA first round draft pick, Steele has suddenly fallen of the map. Amidst the injury filled career the guard still managed to join Robert Scott as the only players in school history to record 1,000 points and 400 assists.
Ryter’s Block: There may be more to the story. Doesn’t the timing of this announcement of a previous preseason All-American player seem a little off? There are 12 regular season games left. The injury is definitely part of it but there also speculation that Steele has had a rocky relationship with Alabama coach Mark Gottfried. Gottfried apparently didn’t seem pleased when Steele announced that he would sit out the 2007-08 season (medical redshirt). This was after Steele played over 30 minutes a game the previous season with two bum knees. This all just may be a rumor, but it makes you think.
You have to feel bad for a player like Ronald Steele. He had a great deal of potential, and may still have that potential when healthy. He should have left for the league after his sophomore season. Hopefully, a team gives him a tryout. Steele has the IQ to be a terrific point guard but who knows how his knees, and his heel for that matter, will hold up.