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John Petty withdrawing from NBA Draft to return to Alabama

Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Believe it or not, John Petty still has college eligibility remaining and he’s going to use it.

Word just broke that Petty is withdrawing from the NBA Draft to return to Alabama for his senior season. The Huntsville native averaged 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists last year while connecting on 46.2% from the field. The one-time Kentucky target will be part of an impressive Crimson Tide squad alongside sophomore guard Jahvon Quinerly, sophomore guard Jaden Shackelford, senior wing Herb Jones, and Yale grad transfer forward Jordan Bruner. Sophomore guard Kira Lewis, projected to be a first-round pick, is expected to stay in the draft.

The deadline to withdraw from the draft is 5 p.m. ET today. Here is a running list of players from the SEC and major programs that have announced they’re returning to school so far, along with their averages from last season:

  • Abdul Ado, Mississippi State, F – 5.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 blocks per game
  • Joel Ayayi, Gonzaga, G – 10.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists per game
  • Kofi Cockburn, Illinois, C – 13.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks per game
  • Darius Days, LSU, F – 11.1 points, 6.8 rebounds per game
  • Aaron Henry, Michigan State, F – 10.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists per game
  • Jay Huff, Virginia, F – 8.5 points, 6.2 rebounds per game
  • Isaiah Joe, Arkansas, G – 16.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists per game
  • Jalen Johnson, Mississippi State, F (Transfer from Louisiana Lafayette) – 15.5 points, 6.6 rebounds per game
  • Herbert Jones, Alabama, F – 7.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists per game
  • AJ Lawson, South Carolina, G – 13.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists per game
  • Isaiah Livers, Michigan, F – 12.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists per game
  • Tre Mann, Florida, G – 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists per game
  • Andrew Nembhard, Gonzaga, G (Transfer from Florida) – 11.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists per game
  • John Petty, Alabama, G – 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game
  • Xavier Pinson, Missouri, G – 11.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists per game
  • Mitchell Smith, Missouri, F – 5.1 points, 4.9 rebounds per game
  • Justin Smith, Arkansas, F (Transfer from Indiana) – 10.4 points, 5.2 rebounds per game
  • Jeremiah Tilmon, Missouri, F – 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds per game
  • Romello White, Ole Miss, F (Transfer from Arizona State) – 10.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks per game

We’re still waiting to hear from Tennessee’s Yves Pons, LSU’s Trendon Watford and Ja’Vonte Smart, and Mississippi State’s Robert Woodard.

UPDATE: Just as I hit publish on this, Robert Woodard told Jon Rothstein he’s staying in the draft.

Last season, the 6’7″ guard averaged 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists for the Bulldogs while shooting 49.5% from the floor.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for John Petty withdrawing from NBA Draft to return to Alabama



  1. Headhurts
    2:29 pm August 3, 2020 Permalink

    Good thing he went to Bama, would’nt survived at UK.



  2. BlueBanker18
    2:36 pm August 3, 2020 Permalink

    Bring it on. The tougher the conference games are, the better!



  3. Han
    3:14 pm August 3, 2020 Permalink

    Of all the years for all our guys to decide they’re staying in the draft no matter what…



  4. UKgrad80
    5:27 pm August 3, 2020 Permalink

    Petty returning for his tenth season with the Crimson Tide!



  5. michaelb
    12:49 am August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Petty always has a good half or game against uk .



  6. michaelb
    12:50 am August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Nembart transfered to Gonzaga? I missed that one