Former Alabama standout Collin Sexton lived up to the hype surrounding his eighth overall selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the 2018 NBA Draft in June. Sexton, who was the third-highest Crimson Tide NBA draftee in program history, ended the summer by leading the Cavs in scoring, assists and field goals made and attempted during the Las Vegas NBA Summer League.
With only the championship game remaining, the Mableton, Georgia, native leads the Summer League in field goals made (48) and attempted (112). He ranks seventh in points per game average while also contributing 3.6 rebounds and a team-leading 3.4 assists per game.
Sexton collected four games of 20 or more points, highlighted by a 27-point performance in the Cavs’ double overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the tournament semifinals Monday. In that contest, Sexton forced both extra periods when he sank a game-tying 3-pointer near the end of regulation and followed that with the game-tying free throw at the end of the first overtime.
In his lone season with the Crimson Tide, Sexton became the 19th different player in program history, and first since 2008 (Richard Hendrix), to earn All-America accolades. He was the only UA rookie to earn a spot on an Associated Press All-America team (first, second, third or honorable mention) in program history.
Sexton became the 15th Alabama player to be chosen in the first round and is the fourth top-10 selection in program history, joining Antonio McDyess (No. 2 overall in 1995), Derrick McKey (No. 9 overall in 1987) and Leon Douglas (No. 4 overall in 1976).