Alabama’s Sexton Chooses to Roll into the Draft

A long-awaited decision has finally come.  He led the Crimson Tide on their memorable SEC tournament run and has declared for this summer’s NBA draft tossing his hat into a strong class of incoming talent.

Rammer Jammer! 

Collin Sexton, a freshman at the University of Alabama, has had an incredibly successful season for the Tide.  Fans will remember him most for his stellar play and last-second heroics, leading Bama to an SEC tournament semi-final appearance, and propelled the basketball program to the Big Dance for the first time since 2012. The Tide also won a first-round NCAA Tournament match-up for the first time since 2006.

To the League He Goes

Sexton joins a group of young NBA hopefuls, which includes a wealth of future star potential.  Projected by many experts and analysts as a top 10 selection, the 19-year-old will likely join a franchise that will lean on him right away.

What will said NBA team get in return?  Sexton led the Crimson Tide with 19.2 PPG (2nd in SEC), 3.6 APG (8th in SEC), and 196 field goals (5th in SEC).  An excellent ball handler and playmaker, Sexton boasted an SEC-best usage rate of 32.9%.  As was stated earlier, he rises to the occasion when the lights are at their brightest and the stress ratcheted up.  He is definitely a go-to guy in the fourth quarter, particularly in the closing seconds.

What does the future hold?

Alabama will be hard-pressed to find a suitable replacement for their former stud point guard.  However, the NCAA’s loss is the NBA’s gain, as one of its franchises will be enriched by Sexton’s presence in their backcourt.

Only one question remains.  Who will punch the ticket for this exciting young scoring point guard on draft night?


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