Tevin Mack, a 6-5 forward who is expected to be one of the top incoming transfers in college basketball for the 2018-19 season, has been accepted into school at the University of Alabama and will join the team for practice in the second summer session, according to UA head coach Avery Johnson.
Mack had verbally committed to Alabama in May but there has been no official announcement from UA as he went through the admissions process.
“Tevin has been admitted and will join us for the second session,” Johnson said on the SEC summer teleconference on Monday.
Mack played high school basketball in Columbia, S.C., averaging 29 points a game as a senior. A four-star prospect, he originally signed with Virginia Commonwealth but was granted a release from VCU and followed coach Shaka Smart after he took the Longhorn job in 2015. Mack was a reserve in his freshman year at UT. He blossomed as a sophomore, averaging 31.3 minutes and 14.8 points per game before being suspended by Smart in January. Mack requested a transfer and was released by Texas in March.
Under NCAA rules, Mack would have to sit out this season and would have two years of eligibility beginning with the 2018-19 season.
Alabama has almost completed its workouts for the first summer session and Johnson said on the teleconference that he was “very pleased” with the practices so far.
“We’ve had to incorporate six new players — five freshmen and a transfer, Daniel Giddens,” Johnson said. “I think there’s been a lot of energy in the practices. We’re all on the same page. It’s our third year at Alabama, we’re in a good state of mind and hopefully we can take the next step.”
“We need Daniel to do a lot of what Bola (Olaniyan) did for us last year, rebounding the ball on both ends,” Johnson said.