Alabama forward Shannon Hale to return

The Alabama Crimson Tide basketball team has a new head coach in Avery Johnson, who took the job following the firing of Anthony Grant. After the hire, two players — Ricky Tarrant and Devin Mitchell — left the team via transfer.

On Thursday night, however, Avery got a bit of good news.

Forward Shannon Hale, who is set to enter his junior year, announced he will be returning to Alabama despite briefly considering a transfer out of Tuscaloosa.

“There was a thought about (transferring), but not really,” Hale said, via “I didn’t want to transfer.”

Last season, Hale averaged 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Hale missed the final six games of the season for Alabama because of a foot injury. That injury is expected to keep Hale out until June.

By returning, the 6-foot-8 forward from Johnson City, Tenn. will be the Crimson Tide’s leading returning scorer.

As for Avery Johnson, he believes he finally has the players he needs to move forward.

“In our situation, we just want the players that really want to be here and really want to move forward with us,” Johnson said. “And I think we finally got to that number now.

“I think the core of what we have now, unless there’s some other surprise that I get next week, the core we have now is what you’ll see”

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