Alabama basketball's Juwan Gary enters transfer portal

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama basketball forward Juwan Gary has entered the transfer portal, he confirmed on Instagram on Thursday

He just wrapped up his redshirt sophomore season in which he played in 29 games with 16 starts, fifth-most on the team. 

"I have built much love for the university from the three years of being here, and the connection I have with a lot of great people," Gary wrote. "After these past two weeks of hard thinking of making my decision, I have finally came to the conclusion of putting my name in the transfer portal and pursue my basketball career somewhere else."

Gary is the fourth scholarship player on the 2021-22 Crimson Tide to place his name in the portal, joining Alex Tchikou, Jusaun Holt and Keon Ambrose-Hylton. 

He was fourth on the team in blocks with 16, and two of his best performances came in some of Alabama's biggest wins. Against Houston, his 19 points were a team high. Then against Baylor, he scored 15 points as he missed only one shot, going 7-for-8. 

Gary was seventh on the Crimson Tide in average minutes with 15.6. He averaged 6.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, ranked seventh and sixth on the team, respectively. 

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Gary was a four-star prospect in the 2019 class out of Columbia, South Carolina, according to the 247Sports Composite. He missed his first season after he tore his ACL. 

Then in his second season in 2020-21, he started two games with 30 total appearances. Gary averaged 9.5 minutes that season with 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. 

Gary entering his name in the portal is the latest change in what figures to be a much different-looking Crimson Tide men's basketball team in 2022-23. In addition to the players entering the portal, Jaden Shackelford put his name in the NBA Draft pool and plans to hire an agent. It's not likely he returns. Freshman guard JD Davison could also join him. Alabama coach Nate Oats said he has a gut feeling that Davison will go pro. 

Starting point guard Jahvon Quinerly's basketball future is unclear after he tore his ACL in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Initially, he called that his last college game in an Instagram post that has since been edited to no longer say that. 

In addition to Quinerly, Keon Ellis and James Rojas went through senior day. That doesn't bar them from returning, but it makes it less likely. 

Alabama is adding plenty of new talent via recruiting, too. It signed the No. 3 class in 2022 with two McDonald's All-Americans in Brandon Miller and Jaden Bradley. 

The Crimson Tide could also add via the transfer portal. 

Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly