TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama basketball freshman forward Braxton Key will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft, Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson announced on Monday.
Key will not hire an agent, which will allow him to maintain his amateurism. Key will have until May 24 to decide whether to remain in the NBA Draft or return to the Crimson Tide for the 2017-18 season.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Key was named to the SEC All-Freshman team this past season after leading the Crimson Tide in scoring (12.0 ppg) and minutes (29.8) per game, while also topping the team in double-figure scoring games (20) and games scoring more than 20 points (3). In addition, he ranked second on the team in assists (2.5 apg) and rebounding (5.7 rpg).
Key was even better in SEC play, ranking 17th in league games only with 14.0 points per game and 14th with 6.1 rebounds per contest. He was named the league’s freshman of the week on Jan. 30, after leading the Crimson Tide to wins at Georgia (Jan. 25) and vs. Mississippi State (Jan. 28). In those games, he averaged 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds, while shooting 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from the floor, 4-of-8 (50.0 percent) from three and 19-of-27 (70.8 percent) from the charity stripe.