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Wednesday / November 25.
  • Alabama’s John Petty to return to school

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Alabama junior guard John Petty Jr. is coming back.

    Petty announced Monday he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to campus after averaging 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in his junior campaign.

    Alabama junior forward Herb Jones is also returning to campus after averaging 7.9 points and 6.4 rebounds.

    Alabama is losing sophomore point guard Kira Lewis Jr., a projected first-round draft pick who averaged 18.5 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds.

    Alabama has a strong five-man recruiting class coming in and also adds Yale grad transfer Jordan Bruner.

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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.