Avery Johnson Jr. will Transfer to Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama men‘s basketball head coach Avery Johnson announced Monday that his son and former Texas A&M point guard Avery Johnson Jr. will officially join the Crimson Tide program. Johnson Jr., who will have three years of eligibility remaining, will sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will be able to practice with the Tide during the upcoming season. He will be eligible to suit up for Alabama beginning in the 2016-17 campaign. “I am thrilled as both a coach and a father for Avery Jr. to join our basketball program at the University of Alabama,” coach Johnson said. “As a father, to have the opportunity to coach your son is something I am really looking forward to. As a coach, I am excited to have someone of Avery‘s skill set and character on our team. I expect Avery to be a great representative of our program in three major phases: athletically, academically and as someone who will help sell my vision for this program.” As a freshman at Texas A&M in 2014-15, Johnson played in 13 games and averaged 1.4 points and 4.3 minutes per contest. He saw a season-best 18 minutes of action on opening night, scoring 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting vs. Northwestern State (11/14). Johnson was rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports as well as the No. 56 point guard recruit nationally in the class of 2014 coming out of high school. He was a three-year starter at John Cooper School (The Woodlands, Texas) before starting as a senior at Plano West High School, where he graduated in 2014. Under the guidance of head coach Anthony Morgan, Johnson averaged 15 points and four assists per game while leading the Wolves to the 2014 District 10-5A Championship. He garnered first team all-district and all-region honors, as well as being voted as Plano West‘s Most Valuable Player as a senior. Johnson played his AAU ball with the Texas Titans under former head coach and current Alabama assistant coach Scott Pospichal. Courtesy: University of Alabama Athletics

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