Alabama F Braxton Key withdraws from NBA Draft

By The Sports Xchange   |   May 23, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Alabama forward Braxton Key withdrew from the NBA draft and will return for his sophomore season, the school announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 Key didn't sign an agent when he entered the draft, which allowed him the option to pull out.

"I made that official when I sent my paperwork to the NBA league office Monday morning," Key said in a statement. "I want to express my appreciation to my teammates, Coach (Avery) Johnson and the entire coaching staff for giving me their full support while I went through this process.

"I am excited for the future of the Alabama basketball program and looking forward to getting to work as we prepare for next season. Roll Tide and Buckle Up!"

Key averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman. He scored in double figures on 20 occasions.

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