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Collin Sexton’s Future Still To Be Decided

Alabama Men's Basketball

As Alabama’s season was winding down, Collin Sexton finished his game the only way he knows how: with a bucket and some flair.

The freshman drove to the lane and knocked down his seventh field goal of the game. As he turned to go back on defense, one of the officials caught Sexton trash-talking to an opponent and he was called for a technical foul.

With that whistle, the SEC Freshman of the Year was subbed out of the game and may have walked off the court in an Alabama jersey for the final time. Sexton is expected to be drafted into the NBA this summer but he says he has not made a final decision yet.

“Right now, I’m worried about my team and celebrating with my team because we had a great season,” Sexton said after Saturday’s loss to Villanova. “I have to finish school, and I’m trying to finish with a 4.0.”

Sexton led the Crimson Tide in scoring this season, averaging 19.2 points per game this season. His 632 total points scored in a single season ranks third in the history of Alabama basketball. Sexton’s freshman season lands just behind Reggie King’s 747 points in 1978-79 and James Robinson’s 661 points in 1991-92.

In February of 2017, Sexton signed on to play at Alabama. The five-star guard was a part of the Tide’s top 10 national recruiting class.

Alabama head coach Avery Johnson says that he expects to talk with Sexton and his family soon to advise on Sexton’s future but that the freshman has his own priorities.

“I just know Collin Sexton is a competitor,” Johnson said on Saturday. “He wants to get that 4.0. He doesn’t miss class. He fulfills all of his academic responsibilities. What I anticipate on Monday, Collin’s going to be in class. Then he’ll come up and visit coach and I’ll have a conversation with him and his family about his future.”

If this was Sexton’s lone collegiate season, he definitely gave Alabama fans a wild ride that came with plenty of twists and turns. From the possible scandal to a midseason injury to a memorable buzzer beater, Sexton was the center of the Tide’s season. In 35 games, he averaged 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He shot 45 percent from the field, 34 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the line.

His 40-point performance in the 3-on-5 game in Brooklyn will be a memorable moment but what tops the list happened last week in St. Louis.

We will continue to stay on top of any breaking news of Sexton’s future. Make sure to stay tuned to Bama Hoops Hype across all of social media.

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

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