Former Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson is now running the show at Alabama and he’ll soon have some family joining him. His son, Avery Jr., tweeted today that he would transfer from Texas A&M and join his father in Tuscaloosa.
A 5-foot-11, 182 pound point guard, Johnson Jr. averaged 1.4 points in 4.3 minutes per game for the Aggies his freshman season. He appeared in 13 games as Texas A&M went 21-12 (11-7 SEC) and missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season, though the team posted its best record in four seasons under coach Billy Kennedy.
Johnson will now sit out a year before joining his dad in Tuscaloosa with the hopes of rebuilding a Crimson Tide basketball team that often plays second fiddle to the school’s powerhouse football program.
Alabama went 18-14 (8-10 SEC) in its final season under former coach Anthony Grant and has not made the big dance since 2012, when it qualified as a No. 9 seed but lost to Creighton in the opening round. The team has not made significant progress in the tournament since 2004, when Mark Gottfried led the Tide to the Elite Eight.
With top recruit Donta’ Hall set to join the team this season, and Avery Johnson Jr. joining the season after, hopefully this is the start of a new beginning for Crimson Tide basketball.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Texas A&M Athletics