Alabama Crimson Tide star guard Ricky Tarrant will transfer from the program, after just one season. The Tide recently hired head coach Avery Johnson, but Tarrant has elected to transfer despite the move.
Tarrant played in 19 games during his redshirt junior season averaging 13.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game before a season ending ruptured plantar fascia.
Johnson discussed Tarrant’s decision in a statement released Friday.
“I met with Ricky on Wednesday and shared with him that we wanted him back next season,” Johnson said. “We told him it would be competitive but he would have the opportunity and we would help him get better so he can reach his goals. There were no gray areas and everything was crystal clear. He wanted to talk it over with his family and once he did that, he called back and asked us for his release yesterday, which we granted.
“As a new coaching staff, we understand that these things can happen. It is not a bad reflection on Ricky or anyone else. He has to do what’s in his best interests and we wish him nothing but the best of luck.”
After beginning his career at Tulsa, Tarrant will now be looking for his third school and would be eligible to play as a graduate transfer for whichever school recruits him.
Tarrant can score in a wide variety of ways and will be a valuable commodity along the transfer market. Still, he must improve significantly if he hopes to elevate his game to the professional level.
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