Alabama Crimson Tide head basketball coach Anthony Grant announced in a statement this afternoon that former 5-star recruit Devonta Pollard has withdrawn from school to deal with legal issues stemming from a kidnapping on April 30th involving a six year old girl and his mother, Jesse Mae Pollard.
Pollard was arrested earlier this month on a charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Pollard was a McDonald’s All American and the state of Mississippi’s Mr. Basketball during his senior season in high school before committing to play for Alabama. His freshman season in Tuscaloosa was nothing short of a disappointment as he averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the season.
Here is Anthony Grant’s full statement regarding Pollard via ESPN:
“Devonta has endured a very challenging time these past few months due to the legal issues involving him and his family. Our primary concern is and has always been his well-being and doing what is in his best interest. In light of the issues at hand, we felt it best to allow him the time he needed to focus solely on family without having to address his status as a student-athlete. In a recent meeting with Devonta, he informed me that he and his family have decided that he needs to withdraw from The University of Alabama so that he can be closer to his family during this difficult time. Devonta has my full support with his decision. It was a pleasure coaching him this past season. As this is an ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment further.”
Devonta Pollard becomes the third Alabama player to leave the team this offseason, joining guard Trevor Lacey and center Moussa Gueye.
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