Avery Johnson and Alabama have to compete for talent with the likes of Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida and LSU in the SEC.
It’s not going to be easy for the former Nets and Mavericks head coach but on Saturday afternoon, the Crimson Tide picked up a big time talent from Memphis, Nick King.
Memphis transfer Nick King tells ESPN that he has committed to Alabama.
Significant pickup for Avery Johnson.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 25, 2015
The 6’7″ guard/forward averaged 7.2 points per game, 4.8 rebounds and shot 40 percent from the field during his sophomore season with the Tigers. King only averaged 4.9 points per game and 3.3 rebounds in his freshman year.
Despite not averaging more than 20 minutes a game in his first two seasons, King is a dual threat as he has potential to knock down shots outside consistently and also has the ability to attack the hoop with ease. The Memphis, Tennessee native also has solid size and limits turnovers (only averaged 1 turnover a game last year).
King will have to sit out a season but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2016-17.
Johnson is not going to have an easy road against the competition in the SEC (especially at a rebuilding program) but landing one of the more impressive transfers on the market is a great start for the new head coach.
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