TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama point guard Justin Coleman and forward Michael Kessens both announced Wednesday via their Twitter accounts that they plan to transfer.
“First off I wanna thank God, the University of Alabama, fans and coaches. But Coach Johnson and I have decided it was best to transfer,” Coleman posted.
Shortly after Coleman’s announcement, Kessens shared his plan.
“After a great three years at the University of Alabama, we’ve decided that it is best for me to transfer and pursue my grad education elsewhere,” Kessens posted.
As a sophomore this past season, Coleman started seven games and played in 33 while averaging 7.8 points and a team-high 3.3 assists per game.
Coleman shot a team-high 89 percent (73-of-82) from the free throw line, which ranks as the second-highest percentage in school history.
As a freshman, Coleman was a member of the SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll. He played in all 34 games and made nine starts while finishing third on the team with 48 assists.
Kessens played in 33 games and made 21 starts as a junior last season.
With Coleman and Kessens leaving, four key players from Alabama’s rotation last season have now moved on as Retin Obasohan and Arthur Edwards both graduated.
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. to its rotation this year.