Guard Ricky Tarrant released to transfer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama guard Ricky Tarrant has been granted his release to transfer from the basketball team, coach Avery Johnson announced Friday.

"I met with Ricky on Wednesday and shared with him that we wanted him back next season," Johnson said in a university news release. "We told him it would be competitive but he would have the opportunity and we would help him get better so he can reach his goals. There were no gray areas and everything was crystal clear. He wanted to talk it over with his family and once he did that, he called back and asked us for his release yesterday, which we granted.

"As a new coaching staff, we understand that these things can happen. It is not a bad reflection on Ricky or anyone else. He has to do what's in his best interests and we wish him nothing but the best of luck."

Tarrant transferred to Alabama from Tulane University following the 2012-13 season. He sat out the 2013-14 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules.

Last season, Tarrant played in 19 games, making 13 starts. He finished second on the team in scoring with 13.1 point per game. Tarrant also averaged 2.2 rebounds, two assists and 1.4 steals per game.

But Tarrant missed the Tide's final 15 games after he suffered a ruptured plantar fascia against Florida on Jan. 27.

"I would like to thank all of the Alabama fans who supported me the past two seasons," Tarrant said in a university news release. "I would also like to thank (former Alabama coach) Anthony Grant and his staff for giving me the opportunity to play.

"I felt like it was in my best interest to move on and play my senior season elsewhere. I wish nothing but the best for new head coach Avery Johnson and the program moving forward."

With Tarrant's departure, Alabama has eight scholarship players and one walk-on on its current roster.

-- Contact Anniston Star Sports Writer Marq Burnett at mburnett@annistonstar.com.