January 21, 2009

Alabama hoops star ends his career

Alabama senior guard Ronald Steele decided Wednesday that he will not try to return from a foot injury, ending his college basketball career.

The oft-injured 6-foot-1 native of Birmingham had not played since the Jan. 11 game against LSU, when he left the contest because of plantar fasciitis.

Steele missed the 2007-08 season after undergoing surgeries on both knees. He ends his career as one of two players in school history to have at least 1,000 points and 400 assists.

This is a very difficult time for Ron as his injuries have been very unfortunate and difficult for him, Coach Mike Gottfried said in a statement released by the school. I'll always be indebted to his contributions to our program and the University of Alabama and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.

The Tuscaloosa News reported that Steele suffered a knee injury in November 2006 in an NCAA-sanctioned scrimmage against South Alabama.