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Friday / November 15.
  • John Petty Enjoys Alabama Visit, Kentucky Could Be Next

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    John Petty enjoyed his official visit to Alabama last week and could take his next official to Kentucky.

    “[Head coach Avery Johnson] just basically laid it all out on the line,” Petty, the reigning Alabama Mr. Basketball who will play his senior season at Mae Jemison High School, told AL.com. “He said what he was expecting to overcome as a program. He told me how he’s going to build it.

    “It sounded very, very good.”

    Petty’s mother, Regina, also told SNY.tv the visit was “very informational.”

    “They really care about the students’ well-being before and after [college],” she said.

    The 6-foot-5 Petty has a top five of Alabama, Kentucky, Kansas, UConn and Florida State. He told AL.com he expects to visit Kentucky next and hopes to make a decision by December.

    He averaged 19.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals while leading his former high school, J.O. Johnson, to a second consecutive 5A state championship in the program’s final year. He was also named Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.