TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama men's basketball head coach Avery Johnson announced Wednesday the signing of transfer Nick King to the program. King, a native of Memphis, Tenn., played the past two seasons at the University of Memphis and will have two years of eligibility remaining at Alabama.
Listed as a 6-7, 225-pound forward/guard, King will sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will be able to practice with the Tide during the upcoming season. He will be eligible to suit up for Alabama beginning in the 2016-17 campaign.
“We are excited to welcome Nick King to the University of Alabama men's basketball program and to our Crimson Tide family,” Johnson said. “One of the things we set out to do when I took over this job was to improve the redshirt department and with Nick's addition, it definitely improves us in that area. He will help us a lot in practice next year and will become eligible to play for us in the 2016-17 season.
“Nick's experience and savviness on the court, along with his versatility is something that was attractive to us. The way he can perform under pressure will be a vital asset to us moving forward. We want to thank his family, his dad Gregory and his mom Lolita, for having the confidence in our program that we would be the best fit for Nick on the court and in the classroom.”
During his sophomore season at Memphis, King played in 28 games, averaging 18.9 minutes per contest. He was the team's fifth-leading scorer and fourth-leading rebounder with 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, respectively. King recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 boards in a win over Western Illinois. He finished the year with 10 double-figure scoring games and had 16 contests with five or more boards.
During his two seasons at Memphis, King saw action in 62 games and averaged 5.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor.
Coming out of East High School in Memphis, Tenn., King was ranked among nation's elite players by Scout.com (No. 28), ESPN.com (No. 37) and Rivals.com (No. 46) and was a consensus top-10 small forward nationally. King was named Tennessee's Class AAA Mr. Basketball in 2012-13 after averaging 24.4 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 blocks per game as a senior. He was selected to the prestigious Parade magazine 2013 high school All-America Team, while also earning first team all-state honors.
King is also a strong performer in the classroom as he earned “Tiger Academic 30” distinction for the 2013 fall semester, which honors the top grade-point average from each team for a semester. He was also named to the Tiger 3.0 Club for the 2014 spring and 2013 fall semesters.
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