TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Following Justin Coleman and Michael Kessens’ announcements to transfer, Alabama coach Avery Johnson released statements confirming the news.
Coleman played in all 33 games and made seven starts as a sophomore last season. He averaged 7.8 points and a team-high 3.3 assists per game while leading the Tide in free throw percentage (.890).
“Justin and I met this afternoon and discussed his future with our program,” Johnson said in the statement. “After talking it over with his family, Justin felt it is in his best interest to transfer from the University of Alabama. Justin is a terrific young man and I wish we had the opportunity to work with him more. I would like to thank him for all the hard work he has put in during the past year and want to wish him the best of luck.”
Kessens, who is scheduled to graduate in May with a degree in business administration, played in all 33 contests and made 21 starts as a junior. He posted 3.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game.
“Mike is set to graduate this May with an undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and will explore his options of either playing professionally in Europe or use his fifth year of eligibility at another school,” Johnson said. “I loved his energy he gave us throughout the season and he was a joy to coach. We certainly wish him the best in whatever career path he chooses.”
With Coleman and Kessens leaving, four key players from last year’s rotation are gone with Retin Obasohan and Arthur Edwards graduating.
As of now, no other players are expected to transfer.
Alabama’s starting point guard Dazon Ingram is expected to be healthy after suffering a foot injury last season. Alabama will also add point guard Avery Johnson Jr. and Memphis transfer Nick King to its rotation this year.