TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson announced the signing of forward Nick King on Wednesday.
King, a transfer from Memphis, will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA rules. He will be eligible to play in the 2016-17 season.
"We are excited to welcome Nick King to the University of Alabama men's basketball program and to our Crimson Tide family," Johnson said in a university news release. "One of the things we set out to do when I took over this job was to improve the redshirt department and with Nick's addition, it definitely improves us in that area.
"He will help us a lot in practice next year and will become eligible to play for us in the 2016-17 season."
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King, who played two seasons at Memphis, is a 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward/wing man.
As a sophomore at Memphis, King played in 28 games, averaging 18.9 minutes per contest. He was the team's fifth-leading scorer and fourth-leading rebounder with 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, respectively.
During his two seasons at Memphis, King saw action in 62 games and averaged 5.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor.
"Nick's experience and savviness on the court, along with his versatility is something that was attractive to us," Johnson said. "The way he can perform under pressure will be a vital asset to us moving forward. We want to thank his family, his dad Gregory and his mom Lolita, for having the confidence in our program that we would be the best fit for Nick on the court and in the classroom."
King, from East High School in Memphis, Tenn., was a highly touted prospect coming out of high school. He was ranked among the top-50 players by Scout.com (No. 28), ESPN.com (No. 37) and Rivals.com (No. 46). King was a consensus top-10 small forward nationally, and was named Tennessee's Class AAA Mr. Basketball in 2012-13 after averaging 24.4 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 blocks per game as a senior.
He was tabbed to Parade magazine's 2013 high school All-America Team, while also earning first team all-state honors.
King earned high marks in the classroom as well, being named to the "Tiger Academic 30" for the 2013 fall semester, which honors the top grade-point average from each team for a semester. He was also named to the Tiger 3.0 Club for the 2014 spring and 2013 fall semesters.
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