Potential SEC-altering news came down Monday night when Alabama announced that Collin Sexton, a former five-star recruit and a dazzling point guard who has a legitimate chance at being a top-10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, is not currently eligible.

The press release was sent shortly before the Crimson Tide's exhibition vs. Alabama-Huntsville tipped.

"The NCAA informed us late this afternoon that Colin [sic] Sexton has not had his eligibility reinstated by the NCAA," Alabama AD Greg Byrne said in a statement. "We don't have any further information at this time, but we will continue to cooperate with the NCAA and work toward a resolution that results in Colin's [sic] timely reinstatement. While we are disappointed, the right decision was to err on the side of caution for tonight's exhibition game."

The news comes four days before the start of the college basketball season. Alabama, a trendy pick to finish in the top four of the SEC -- and ranked 19th in the preseason Top 25 (and one) at CBSSports.com -- opens vs. Memphis in the Veterans Classic in Annapolis, Maryland. Expectations haven't been this high for the Tide in years, but they will ebb if Sexton remains on the bench well into November and even December.