Alabama basketball's Noah Clowney declares for the NBA Draft
Noah Clowney has announced he will enter the NBA Draft.
The decision comes after Clowney wrapped up his freshman season with Alabama basketball. He's listed as the No. 20 overall prospect in ESPN's NBA Draft rankings for 2023.
“Thank you, Bama Nation!” Clowney wrote on Instagram. ”This season has been one of the most memorable years of my life. Ever since I could pick up a basketball, playing in the NBA has been a dream of mine and throughout my life. I have had amazing coaches, teammates and staff that have sown me unconditional love and support throughout my basketball career.”
Clowney thanked Alabama, coach Nate Oats, the trainers, staff and fans. He also thanked his family.
The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 22 and the NCAA early entry withdrawal deadline is May 31, but with a first-round projection, Clowney might have trouble passing up that opportunity. He did not indicate whether he intends to maintain his college eligibility.
Clowney was an integral part of the Crimson Tide earning the first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in program history. He served as a starter throughout the season in which Alabama won the SEC regular-season title and the SEC Tournament championship. The 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward averaged 9.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game for the Crimson Tide.
Nicknamed "Stretch," Clowney was a member of the All-SEC freshman team alongside Brandon Miller and Jaden Bradley. Clowney was also a part of the 2022 recruiting class that the 247Sports Composite ranked as No. 3 in the country. It's the highest rated recruiting class in program history.
“I’ll never forget the night he called me to tell me he was coming to Alabama,” assistant coach Antoine Pettway told The Tuscaloosa News. “We were super excited because we knew the potential he had and the impact he could have as a freshman for us.”
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