University of Alabama point guard Kira Lewis Jr., a member of the 2019 All-SEC Freshman Team, announced via Twitter on Monday that he would withdraw from the NCAA transfer portal and return for his sophomore season at UA.

“First, I would like to thank GOD for blessing me with my talents,” Lewis said via Twitter. “I want to thank all the college coaches that have recruited me during this process. After carefully weighing all my options and discussing and praying about this important decision with my parents, I have officially decided to remain at the University of Alabama. My parents fully support my decision and we all feel this is the best option for my future. Please respect my decision. #RollTide”

New Alabama head coach Nate Oats said at his introductory press conference 10 days ago that keeping Lewis on the Crimson Tide roster was an immediate priority. He met frequently with Lewis, who he called “perfect” for the type of offense he will bring with him from Buffalo.

Lewis, a highly-recruited prospect from Hazel Green High School, reclassified in order to begin his college career this summer. He started all 34 games for the Crimson Tide, averaging 13.5 points and 2.9 assists per game. He was chosen to the SEC All-Freshman team by the league’s coaches following the season.

In addition to the coup of retaining Lewis, Oats also convinced sophomore John Petty to remove his name from the transfer portal and return to UA. Two other Alabama players, guard Dazon Ingram and forward Daniel Giddens, both graduate transfers, are expected to play their final year at other programs.

Oats also indicated on a Monday radio interview with the “3 Man Front” program on WJOX in Birmingham that additional roster movement could be a possibility and that one scholarship remained for a potential high school recruit.

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