Alabama’s John Petty Named SEC Freshman of the Week
After a record-breaking performance last Friday, freshman guard John Petty was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, announced by the league office Monday.
The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 22 points, five rebounds and two assists in wins against Lipscomb and Alabama A&M. It is the first freshman weekly honor for any Crimson Tide player since Braxton Key earned the accolade on Jan. 30, 2017.
Petty set a new school record on Friday by knocking down 10 three-pointers to propel the Crimson Tide past Alabama A&M, 104-67. Petty’s 10 three-pointers is tied for fourth all-time in SEC history and is the first time an SEC player has poured in 10 or more three-pointers in a game since Michael Frazier of Florida (March 4, 2014). His 76.9 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc was the highest in league history for any player who has made at least 10 threes in a contest. Furthermore, the Huntsville, Ala., native was the first Alabama player to go for 30 points since Retin Obasohan scored 35 at LSU on Feb. 17, 2016.
Petty’s honor marks the second straight season an Alabama player has been tabbed freshman player of the week.
Petty and the Crimson Tide will return to action Tuesday, Nov. 21, when it hosts UT Arlington at 8 p.m. CT in Coleman Coliseum. The game will be televised on SEC Network.