Jaykwon Walton won't join Alabama basketball after arrest on the Strip

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Transfer Jaykwon Walton won't be joining Alabama basketball anymore.

Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats said in a statement Monday that UA is "no longer recruiting Jaykwon Walton and he will not be a student-athlete at the University of Alabama."

Walton was arrested and charged on Reed Street near the Strip with second-degree possession of marijuana Saturday. He was released after posting a $500 bond.

Walton announced in late March he would be transferring to the Crimson Tide.

The 6-foot-7, 206-pound junior averaged 13.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 32.3 minutes per game this past season with Wichita State.

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Walton began his collegiate career at Georgia, where he played seven games in 2019-20 and two games in 2020-21. During the 2021-22 season, he joined Shelton State in Tuscaloosa. There, Walton averaged 12.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals over 22 games.

In high school, he played for George Washington Carver in Montgomery, where he won a 6A state title his junior season and finished as runner-up his senior season. Walton began his high school career at Northside in Columbus, Georgia.

With Walton not joining the team, Oats will likely turn to the transfer portal to fill that scholarship spot. The roster for next season is still being put together. How many transfers are added will depend on how many players who declared for the draft end up returning to UA.