Alabama men’s basketball freshman guard Collin Sexton made it official on Friday that he will enter his name in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Sexton becomes just the second UA freshman to declare for the NBA Draft in program history. Former Crimson Tide standout Gerald Wallace made the jump after his rookie season in 2001 and was drafted with the 24th overall pick in the first round.

“I would like to say thank you to my family, coaches, teammates and all of Bama Nation for helping me make my dream come true,” Sexton said. “You all hold a special place in my heart. I will continue to work hard every day and represent The University of Alabama in a way that makes you all proud. I especially would like to thank my teammates and coaches because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Roll Tide Forever!”

Sexton recently became the 19th different player in program history, and first since 2008 (Richard Hendrix), to earn All-America accolades. Additionally, he was named the Associated Press Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-SEC, while the league’s coaches voted him as the SEC Freshman of the Year and to the All-Freshman squad and All-SEC second team.

“It’s been a great journey,” head coach Avery Johnson said. “This is the next phase of his life. A phase that I have been a part of for quite a long time, but we are excited for the family. We’re also excited about the Alabama men’s basketball program and us being able to develop players that can play at the next level.”

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