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Crimson Tide guard Kira Lewis Staying In the NBA Draft

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All-SEC basketball star forgoes his remaining college eligibility.

NCAA Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament-Kentucky vs Alabama Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Crimson Tide guard Kira Lewis has announced via Twitter that he will forgo his remaining college eligibility by hiring an agent.

Lewis has been projected to be drafted in the back end of the first round, mostly number 22 (76ers) or later. The second-year Tide point guard averaged 18.5 ppg, 4.8 reb, and 5.2 assists this past season and was named first-team All-SEC. He was named SEC All-Freshman a year ago.

Rising seniors John Petty and Herb Jones have also entered their names in the draft but all signs point to their return to Alabama.

If both Petty and Jones return, it puts the Tide one over the 13 scholarship limit.

Roster

(Listed classes represent the class they will be at the beginning of the season.)

Newbies

1 - Jordan Bruner F GS
2 - Joshua Primo G Fr.
3 - Keon Ambrose-Hylton F Fr.
4 - Keon Ellis G Jr.
5 - Darius Miles F Fr.

Returning

6 - Alex Reese F Sr.
7 - Galin Smith F Sr.
8 - James Rojas F R-Jr.
9 - Jahvon Quinerly G R-So.
10 - Javian Davis F R-So.
11 - Jaden Shackelford G So.
12 - Juwan Gary F R-Fr.

Pending Return

13 - John Petty G Sr.
14 - Herb Jones F/G Sr.

Departed

Jaylen Forbes G transfer - has a top 4 of Southern Miss, Tulane, Samford, and ULL.
Raymond Hawkins F transfer - Had previously Tweeted that he will announce his destination on April 22. Buffalo is a real possibility.
James Bolden G graduated - a nice Tweet from Beetle.
Kira Lewis G NBA Draft