Braxton Key, a Freshman All-SEC Team forward for the University of Alabama basketball team, will enter the 2017 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent.

The move will allow Key to receive evaluations from NBA teams yet return to Alabama after the NBA draft combine in May, if he so chooses.

Key became the first Crimson Tide men’s basketball student-athlete to earn a spot on the league All-Freshman team since the 2013-14 season. He led UA at 12.3 points and 29.3 minutes per game, while also topping the team in double-figure scoring games (18) and games scoring more than 20 points with three. He was second on the team in assists with 2.4 per game and third in rebounding with a 5.7 average.

Key was even better in SEC play, ranking 17th in league games only at 14 points per game and 14th with 6.1 rebounds per contest.

He was named the league’s Freshman of the Week on Jan. 30, after leading the Crimson Tide to wins at Georgia (1/25) and vs. Mississippi State (1/28). In those games, he averaged 22.5 points and 9 rebounds.

The award winners at Alabama’s 2017 men’s basketball banquet were sophomore Avery Johnson, Jr. (Most Improved); freshman Braxton Key (Outstanding Freshman); senior Bola Olaniyan (Outstanding Defensive Player); freshman Dazon Ingram (Outstanding Offensive Player); and senior Corban Collins (Coach Avery Award for competitiveness and character).

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