It’s the time of year when talented college basketball athletes are forced to make a decision. They can either continue to be talented college basketball athletes, or throw their hats into the NBA draft and hope for the best.
Count Alabama basketball standout Braxton Key as one of the ones who will remain in the amateur ranks for at least one more season.
On Tuesday, the leading scorer for the Crimson Tide told ESPN he intends to return to Tuscaloosa for another season.
Key was an important part of Alabama’s winning season in 2016-17. The Crimson Tide went 19-15 in Avery Johnson’s second year as head coach. Despite failing to make the NCAA tournament, the team figures to be better in Johnson’s third year now that it will be returning it’s top scorer.
In only his first year against collegiate competition, the standout freshman posted an impressive 12 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Those totals were good enough for him to be named to the All-Freshman team.
With another year under his belt, both he and Alabama will benefit.
Key will be a more attractive option to NBA teams next season, and Alabama will be a more attractive destination for more than just elite football talent.