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Alabama’s Braxton Key Declares for 2017 NBA Draft, Will Not Hire an Agent

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Alabama basketball may be down one more player for the promising 2017-18 season. Freshman Braxton Key declared for the 2017 NBA Draft on Monday. The program released an official statement on Monday afternoon:

“Alabama freshman forward Braxton Key will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft, head coach Avery Johnson announced on Monday. Key will not hire an agent, therefore maintaining his amateurism, and will have until May 24 to decide whether to remain in the NBA Draft or return to the Crimson Tide for the 2017-18 season.”

Key led the Crimson Tide in points last season, scoring 12.0 points per game. He added 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game but saw some struggles as well. Although Key can still return to Alabama, his talent level suggests that he will be the first Tide player to be drafted since 2008 (Richard Hendrix).

Braxton Key was named to the SEC All-Freshman team, alongside projected lottery picks De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. While the freshman star will have to decide before the draft whether or not to return, this gives Key the opportunity to see how NBA scouts feel about his game and possibly see how he can improve.

The Crimson Tide have already lost three players to the transfer market this offseason and expectations for next season may have to come back down just a bit. While the news of Key may be surprising, Alabama fans should get used to seeing more players going to the draft. It would be nice to see an Alabama alum raise that trophy in the middle of the summer.

Caleb Turrentine is the managing editor for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates at @CalebTurrentine.

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