Jaden Shackelford narrows choices, leaves door open for Alabama basketball return

Cecil Hurt
The Tuscaloosa News
Alabama's Jaden Shackelford (5) goes against Oklahoma's Umoja Gibson (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

Alabama guard Jaden Shackelford has narrowed his transfer choices to three schools and also indicated that he had not ruled out a return to Tuscaloosa, according to a report by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman Thursday night. 

Of the three teams other than Alabama on his list, Oklahoma and Texas Tech both have new head coaches. All three, including Ohio State, played at a much more deliberate tempo than Nate Oats’ Crimson Tide in 2020-2021. Shackelford attempted 376 shots from the field last season, the most on the Crimson Tide team  

He was the Crimson Tide's leading scorer during the 2020-2021 season, averaging 14 points over 33  games. He also averaged 3.8 rebounds and two assists while shooting 41% from the field and 34% from 3-point range on his way to earning second-team All-SEC honors. He could have up to three seasons of eligibility remaining due to the COVID-19 related termination of the 2020 season  

Shackelford withdrew his name from NBA Draft eligibility last week but almost simultaneously entered the NCAA transfer portal. His departure if he transfers would leave Alabama with an available scholarship for the 2021-22 season. 

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