TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Rising redshirt junior Andrew Steele will not return to the basketball court for Alabama due to lingering symptoms from a concussion, head coach Anthony Grant announced on Friday.
"Andrew has decided that, in the best interest of his long term health and well-being, it is best to discontinue his basketball career at this time," Grant said. "This decision was reached through consultation with his family and our medical staff and is a direct result of on-going symptoms resulting from multiple concussions, the most recent suffered on March 12, 2011, and the potential for long term consequences should he suffer another episode. We are saddened that he will no longer compete as a member of our team, however, we are extremely grateful for the contributions and dedication he has given our University and the character and selflessness with which he has represented our program. Andrew will remain on scholarship as a medical hardship and will continue to be a part of our team in a different capacity."
Steele, a 6-4, 230-pound guard from Birmingham, Ala., suffered his fourth concussion in the final minutes of Alabama's Southeastern Conference Tournament loss to Kentucky on March 12. He was sidelined with lingering effects of the concussion for the remainder of the season and the Crimson Tide's National Invitation Tournament run. Following the season, he was held out of physical activities for two months. Upon returning to physical activity, he began to experience the return of symptoms resulting from concussion.
He will continue to be monitored and evaluated during his remaining time at Alabama while pursuing a degree in marketing.