Alabama guard John Petty on Monday announced his decision to withdraw his name from the 2020 NBA Draft field and return to the Crimson Tide for his senior season. Shortly after Petty revealed his choice via social media, head coach Nate Oats reacted with a statement.
“It’s great to have John back for his senior year,” Oat said in a release. “He is certainly one of the best, if not the best, shooters in the country, which is extremely important to us with how we play. He’s made it clear that it’s his goal to become a first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and we’re going to work with him to make sure he’s in the best position to reach that goal. Let’s get to work!”
Petty announced his decision on the deadline for players to withdraw from the draft — a move the Crimson Tide staff had expected. The sharp-shooting guard had said if he’s not projected as a top 40-45 player in the draft, he would elect to return to Alabama for one more year.
As a junior, Petty was considered the top three-point shooter in the conference. Averaging 14.5 ppg, the Huntsville, Ala., native led the league in three-point shooting percentage (.440) and ranked second in threes made per game (2.9), totals that ranked ninth and 28th in the nation. He also led Alabama and ranked 11th in the SEC with 6.6 rebounds per game last year.
Petty joins Herbert Jones in returning to school after testing the draft waters, while Kira Lewis is the only Tide player to declare for the 2020 draft. With Petty returning, UA has a full 13-man roster for the 2020-21 season with seven returners (Petty, Jones, Jaden Shackelford, Alex Reese, Jahvon Quinerly, Juwan Gary and James Gary) and six newcomers (Jordan Bruner, Josh Primo, Keon Ellis, Keon Ambrose-Hylton, Darius Miles and Alex Tchikou).
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