Alabama is losing a valuable contributor to a transfer decision. Forward and two-year starter Braxton Key is transferring from the program. Key announced the news via Twitter.
Thank you University of Alabama, Roll Tide! 🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/9MksP60Qsc
— braxton key (@btwice_11) April 20, 2018
The news of Key transferring was firs reported by Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News.
He started 17 games last season and played in 26 overall as Alabama advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
After an All-SEC freshman season in 2016-17, Key’s performance dropped off slightly last season as a sophomore, mostly due to a knee injury sustained in the preseason that kept him out of the team’s first 10 games.
His scoring average dropped from more than 12 points per game as a freshman to 7 as a sophomore. His rebounding average however stayed steady at a little more than 5 per game.
Key becomes the third player to leave the Crimson Tide since the season ended. Ar’Mond Davis left the team as a graduate transfer, and freshman sensation Collin Sexton declared for the NBA draft.
As a rising junior, Key will have two years of eligibility to play at his next destination. He will have to sit out for one season before resuming play, unless he goes to a lower division program.