TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama men’s basketball team will be without last season’s leading scorer for a while as sophomore forward Braxton Key will have knee surgery on Tuesday morning.
Key, who averaged 12.0 points per game last season, has a meniscus tear in his left knee.
“We’ll know more about his time frame, how long he’s going to be out after surgery,” Coach Avery Johnson said. “Life is not a perfect world, but I like the way our guys responded.”
Key was one of four players to sit out of Monday’s 75-64 exhibition victory against Alabama-Huntsville, as the NCAA notified Alabama earlier in the day that freshman guard Collin Sexton had not had his eligibility reinstated by the NCAA.
Johnson said that Sexton was not being directly investigated and he hoped for a quick resolution.
“It wasn’t 24 hours, it was the last eight hours,” Johnson said the notification. “But that was a big adjustment for us.”
Senior Riley Norris (hip) is hoping to return to practice sometime next week and senior guard Ar’Mond Davis remains out with a knee injury.
Without them, UAH jumped out to a 14-1 lead. But sophomore forward/center Daniel Giddens led Alabama back and finished with 17 points, 10 points and five blocks in 19 minutes off the bench.
Freshmen guards Herbert Jones and John Petty both scored 14 points while junior guard Avery Johnson Jr. netted 10.
Alabama will open its regular season against Memphis in Annapolis, Md. as part of the Veterans Classic on Friday night . Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network).