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Collin Sexton to enter the 2018 National Basketball Association draft

07 April 2018

Most everyone anticipated Collin Sexton was going to announce he was leaving school early for the NBA Draft.

Sexton, who helped lead the Crimson Tide back to the NCAA Tournament after a five-year absence with one of the best single-season efforts in program history, is considered a lottery pick.

Sexton scored 40 points against Minnesota in just his fourth game - when he was one of three Tide players available to finish it out because of ejections and injuries - and also held his own against Oklahoma's own star freshman, Trae Young, in an Alabama victory. The NBA draft is scheduled to place in late June.

The Norman, Oklahoma native will have to face quicker, stronger, and more athletic competition than he did in college, likely causing him to cough the ball up even more than he did playing in Division I, while Sexton has the identity of a scoring guard from the get-go, but has proven to have playmaking potential with a more capable surrounding core around him.

"I think at some of his individual workouts, he's going to blow a lot of these general managers and presidents and coaches away", Johnson said.

During his lone season with the Crimson Tide, Sexton averaged 19.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting, adding 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

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Sexton announced at a press conference.

"That's how I play every time on the court", Sexton said.

Sexton is the second player in Alabama history to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors, joining former standout Mo Williams, who earned the honor in 2002.

Johnson said Westbrook is a fair comparison for Sexton.

Sexton began and ended his Alabama career on a low note but mostly created highlights in between. He had 27 points and drove the length of the floor for a game-winning floater at the buzzer against Texas A&M.

"Sexton has the National Basketball Association body, NBA athleticism, and he plays both ends of the court", the scout said to Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report.

Collin Sexton to enter the 2018 National Basketball Association draft