Alabama sophomore forward Braxton Key has been granted his release and will transfer from the men’s basketball program, Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson announced on Friday.

“I met with Braxton on Thursday and had a good talk with him,” Johnson said. “Braxton certainly has a bright future, but he has to do what’s best for him. We wish him nothing but the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

As a sophomore this past season, Key played in 26 games and made 17 starts after returning from a knee injury that sidelined him the first 10 games of the season. The Charlotte, N.C., native averaged 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

“This was not an easy decision to make,” Key said. “I’ve enjoyed my two seasons at the University of Alabama. I want to thank the coaches, support staff and my teammates for helping me get better each and every day. I especially would like to thank all the fans for their support over the past two years.”

During his two seasons at the Capstone, Key, who was named to the 2017 SEC All-Freshman team, played in 60 games and made 47 starts, while averaging 9.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

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