Less than 24 hours after the University of Alabama announced that junior forward Carl Engstrom would be leaving the team, another player has decided not to return for the 2014–2015 season.
Alabama head coach Anthony Grant told reporters during a Wednesday press conference that junior guard Algie Key would seek to transfer out of the program.
Key transferred to Alabama before the 2013–2014 from Barton Community College and was considered one of the top JUCO players in the nation.
Key, a defensive specialist, saw reasonable playing time after Trevor Lacey’s decision to transfer to NC State last season. He averaged 3.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game this season. The 6-foot–4 guard averaged 15.4 minutes per game and led Alabama in scoring against Oklahoma in early November.
Anthony Grant said that Key wanted an opportunity to play somewhere where he could get more minutes and wished him the best of luck.
Grant also announced that freshman forward Shannon Hale broke a bone in his foot over spring break and recently had surgery.
Grant met with reporters for 25 minutes and detailed the current state of the program. He mentioned that although Alabama’s 2014–2015 schedule isn’t finalized, the Crimson Tide will play several tough non-conference games again next year.
The Tide currently have games scheduled against Wichita State and Xavier on the road and UCLA at home. Alabama will also play in a tournament in Kansas City, Mo. that includes Iowa State and Arizona State.
Engstrom’s decision to go pro in Europe and Key’s decision to transfer opens up two more scholarship positions for incoming freshman. As of now, no decision has been made regarding the future of forward Nick Jacobs.
Jacobs took an indefinite leave of absence from the team late last season and his future with the program remains in question.
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