Two more Alabama players enter NCAA transfer portal
TUSCALOOSA — The exodus of the Alabama men's basketball program continued Wednesday as two more Crimson Tide players appear to be following outgoing head coach Avery Johnson out the door.
Crimson Tide sophomore guard John Petty and junior forward Daniel Giddens entered their names into the NCAA transfer portal Wednesday, according to sources and multiple online reports, becoming the third and fourth Alabama underclassmen to entertain their transfer options in the last three days since Johnson's mutually agreed-upon exit was announced Sunday.
Giddens and Petty joined redshirt junior guard Dazon Ingram and 17-year-old freshman guard Kira Lewis Jr. in entering the NCAA's new transfer database, which effectively allows coaches from other programs to contact them and their families but doesn't guarantee they are leaving necessarily.
Of course, Ingram didn't leave much room for a return after announcing his "journey at Alabama has come to an end" on an Instagram post Monday night. Petty, too, appears headed elsewhere after reportedly telling college basketball insider Jeff Goodman of WatchStadium.com that he is "transferring no matter who the Crimson Tide hire as their new coach."
Petty ranked third on the team averaging 10.2 points per game last season, equaling his contribution as a freshman, while starting 17 of Alabama's 34 games last season. Petty, a two-time Alabama Mr. Basketball player, struggled the past two seasons to find his place on a Crimson Tide roster where he wasn't the No. 1 scoring option, yielding that role to uber-talented freshmen point guards Collin Sexton in 2017-18 and Lewis Jr. in 2018-19.
Meanwhile, Giddens hasn't be able to establish much of a niche for himself over two seasons at Alabama after transferring from Ohio State and sitting out the 2016-17 season as a redshirt. Giddens averaged just 1.9 points in 14 games while also battling injuries this past season.
Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne explained during a Monday morning press conference that he has asked current players and the remaining members of the coaching staff "remain patient" as he conducts a "thorough" national search for the Crimson Tide's next head coach. Though, if the last few days are any indication, they don't appear to be paying much attention to his request.