This time it’s official: John Petty Jr.’s Alabama career has come to a close.

Roughly two weeks ago, Petty strongly hinted at his departure for the NBA, thanking Alabama fans for a wonderful 4 years in an Instagram post. Wednesday, he again turned to Instagram, this time to formally declare for the draft and thank the Crimson Tide fans.

“To begin, I would like to thank God for all the blessing and gifts He has given me,” Petty wrote. “I would like to say thanks to my coaches, trainers, support staff and everyone else who has been a part of this journey. I appreciate you all more than you will ever know. To my teammates – my brothers. I love you all! Thank you for pushing and motivating me to become the best player and person I could. I’ve been blessed to call the University of Alabama home for the last four years and it’s been an incredible ride.

“I cannot thank the fans enough for their unwavering support throughout my time in Tuscaloosa. You all will always hold a special place in my heart. To my family: You are my rocks and my reason why. The love, support and encouragement you’ve given has been imperative to my growth as a father. This is our journey and whatever I do, it is for us.

“Since the time I first picked up a basketball and fell in love with the game, it has been a dream of mine to play in the NBA. It’s now time to take the next step in reaching that goal and officially declare for the 2021 NBA Draft. Big BLRRRRD OUT!”

Appearing in all 32 games (31 starts), Petty averaged 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game this past season.

Due to COVID, all 2020-21 NCAA athletes have the option to return for an additional season.


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