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Collin Sexton Declares for 2018 NBA Draft

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It’s official.

Collin Sexton declared for the 2018 NBA Draft on Friday during an announcement at the Mal Moore Athletic Facility in Tuscaloosa. The former Alabama star will hire an agent, which means he loses his college eligibility.

Sexton led the Crimson Tide to their first NCAA Tournament win since 2006. He led the team in scoring, averaging 19.2 points across 33 games. Sexton scored 632 total points in the season, which ranks first in program history among freshman seasons. He added a team high 3.6 assists per game and grabbed 3.8 rebounds per game.

Sexton’s scoring ability was certainly the attention grabber during his lone season at the Capstone. The freshman scored at least 10 points in 29 of his team’s games and finished with at least 20 points in 16 games. Sexton averaged 24.2 points per game during the postseason. His career high for points in a game (40) was set on November 25 in Brooklyn during the famous 3-on-5 game.

Sexton was named SEC Co-Freshman of the Year by the conference’s coaches. He is just the second Alabama player ever to win the award (Mo Williams in 2002). His accolades did not stop there however. Sexton was also named to the second-team All-SEC and received honorable mention All-American honors by the Associated Press.

Sexton earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the fall semester, earning a spot on the President’s List at the University. He said that he plans on completing school to earn a degree in the future.

“This is an exciting day for Alabama men’s basketball,” head coach Avery Johnson said on Friday.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on June 21. Sexton is a consensus lottery pick in current projections. Stay tuned for continued coverage of Sexton’s future and this summer’s draft.

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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