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Alabama big man Braxton Key withdraws from NBA draft

Men's College Basketball, Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama big man Braxton Key will withdraw from the NBA draft process and return to Tuscaloosa for his sophomore season, the school announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 Key averaged 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds this past season and will team with heralded incoming freshman guards Collin Sexton and John Petty to make the Crimson Tide a likely preseason top 25 team.

"I decided to go back to school because with all the incoming talent, it will put me in position to emerge as a more dominant player," Key told ESPN. "But more importantly, I think we have a chance to have a great season, and I think I will also have an opportunity to become a team leader."

Alabama finished 19-15 last season and 10-8 in SEC play. Key led the team in scoring and was second in rebounding. Sexton was ranked No. 6 in ESPN's Top 100 while Petty checked in at No. 21.

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