Having managed to hang onto two verbal commitments and re-recruit a third who had originally made a pledge to Alabama, new head coach Avery Johnson’s had a solid start to his tenure in Tuscaloosa. Saturday it was reported by ESPN.com that he’s managed to reel in a transfer as well, with former Memphis forward Nick King deciding to join the SEC program.
King, a Memphis native, played two seasons for Josh Pastner and averaged 5.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. As a sophomore the 6-foot-7 King saw more playing time, and he accounted for 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in just under 19 minutes of action per game.
But he decided to transfer at the end of the season, with 247Sports reporting that King did not feel that he could reach his full potential as a player at Memphis. He’ll have to sit out a season at Alabama before having two years left to play, but the opportunity to learn from a coach who both played and coached in the NBA should help him skill-wise.
King made his pledge to Alabama while on a visit to the school, and he joins incoming freshmen Dazon Ingram, Brandon Austin and Dontá Hall as players who will join the program this summer.