Mark Sears is considering a jump to the pros, but won’t close the door on another season of college basketball.

Sears took to social media on Wednesday to announce that he is testing the NBA Draft waters while maintaining his eligibility to play college basketball in 2024-25.

“I would like to thank God for blessing me with an amazing gift that has allowed me to play the game that I love, basketball,” Sears wrote in a note posted on social media. “His blessing has provided innumerable opportunities and tan truly appreciative of God’s blessings, lessons, and provisions along the way.

“After much consideration and deliberation, I have decided to declare for the 2024 NBA Draft while maintaining my college eligibility.”

A transfer from Ohio, Sears has played four seasons of college basketball, including two at Alabama. The NCAA’s COVID-19 waiver gives him the option to return next season as a fifth-year “super senior.”


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Sears is coming off a career year, leading the Crimson Tide to the Final Four. He led Alabama in scoring with 21.54 points per game over 37 contests. Sears was just a hair behind Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht for the SEC scoring lead (21.67 ppg).

This past season, Sears posted the best shooting numbers of his career, making 50.8% from the field, including 43.6% from 3-point range. Sears added 4 assists and 1.6 steals per contest.

Sears’ standout season earned him first-team All-SEC and consensus second-team All-American recognition. He was second-team All-SEC in his first season playing for Nate Oats’ program.

Sears showed up strong in the NCAA Tournament. He scored 18 or more points in all 5 Tide tourney games, averaging 24.2 per outing. Sears had 30 points in the high-scoring victory over College of Charleston and 26 in the Round of 32 clash with Grand Canyon.

Fans in Tuscaloosa and around college basketball will be watching closely to see what Sears decides to do.