Tracking Alabama basketball roster moves ahead of 2022-23 season
In the era of the NCAA transfer portal, change has and will continue to be prevalent on rosters in the offseason. Alabama basketball has already experienced that since the season ended in March.
Whether it be because of different opportunities for playing time or better fits elsewhere, no shortage of players across college basketball and college athletics are putting their names in the portal. Then there are those who turn pro.
It all leads to roster changes as Nate Oats puts his team together for the 2022-23 season, looking to bring the Crimson Tide to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season.
Here's a look at roster moves heading into 2022-23.
Declared for NBA Draft
Jaden Shackelford, junior guard: He has signed with an agent, Young Money APAA Sports after leading the Crimson Tide in scoring the past two seasons.
Keon Ellis, senior guard: He signed with an agent in early April in EZ Sports Group. Ellis averaged 12.1 points, 6.01 rebounds and 30.9 minutes per game this past season.
JD Davison, freshman guard: The freshman announced he had declared Wednesday, April 13, after a season in which he averaged 8.5 points and made six starts. Davison earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team. He told ESPN that he is done with college basketball.
Entered transfer portal
Juwan Gary, sophomore forward: He played in 29 games in 2021-2022, averaging 6.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 15.5 minutes. Transferred to Nebraska.
Jusaun Holt, freshman guard: He averaged 0.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.2 assists and seven minutes in 22 games this past season. Transferred to Georgia.
Alex Tchikou, redshirt freshman forward: He played in three games this past season for a total of five minutes after missing the 2020-21 season with a ruptured Achilles.
Keon Ambrose-Hylton, sophomore forward: He saw action in 11 games, averaging 5.5 minutes, one point, 0.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists. Transferred to SMU.
James Rojas, senior forward: He went through senior day but appears to be interested in playing another year with his name in the transfer portal, according to reports. He played in 17 games in 2021-22 after returning from an ACL injury. Transferred to Wichita State.
Britton Johnson, senior guard: The walk-on played in six games this season, with one of his bright spots coming against Missouri when he grabbed three offensive boards in three minutes of playing time. Transferred to Samford.
Jaden Quinerly, sophomore guard: The walk-on played in three games in 2021-22 with three total minutes.
Mark Sears, sophomore guard: Alabama landed the coveted Ohio transfer from Muscle Shoals. He averaged 19.6 points, 6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game with the Bobcats. 247Sports lists him as the No. 8 basketball player available in the transfer portal this offseason.
Brandon Miller, forward: He's a five-star McDonald's All-American who's 6-foot-9, 200 pounds.
Jaden Bradley, point guard: He's another five-star McDonald's All-American who measures in at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds.
Noah Clowney, forward: He's a 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward who Oats said is a skilled big. Clowney is a four-star prospect from Roebuck, South Carolina.
Rylan Griffen, shooting guard: Another four-star prospect, Griffen stands at 6-foot-5, 180 pounds. Oats called him a long, athletic shooter.
Nick Pringle, forward: He's a top JUCO recruit who is 6-foot-9, 220 pounds. Oats labeled him as an athletic and skilled big man.
These are players who were on the roster in 2021-22 and have either said they are coming back or have not declared their intentions for the 2022-23 season as of publication.
Noah Gurley, graduate forward: Oats said before the end of the season that Gurley planned to return for a second year with the Crimson Tide after transferring from Furman. He was fifth on the team in minutes (18) and points (6.8).
Charles Bediako, sophomore center: The big man will look to add size in the offseason after a freshman season where he showed potential at times. Bediako will want to minimize fouls more in his second season.
Nimari Burnett, sophomore guard: He had to miss the 2021-22 season with an ACL tear. He's a former McDonald's All-American who transferred from Texas Tech.
Darius Miles, sophomore forward: He received 17.2 minutes per game, which was seventh on the team. Miles started two games.
Jahvon Quinerly, junior guard: He tore his ACL in the loss to Notre Dame to end the season and then he called that game his last on Instagram. He has since edited that caption, and on April 23, he announced he would be back for another season.
Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly