The University of Alabama men's basketball program has parted ways with Jaykwon Walton after the Crimson Tide commitment was arrested and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana in Tuscaloosa.
Walton, who played last season at Wichita State, entered the transfer portal after the season and was slated to join the Crimson Tide program. However, Alabama head coach Nate Oats said in a statement that the 6-foot-7 Walton would not play for the Crimson Tide.
"Alabama is no longer recruiting Jaykwon Walton and he will not be a student-athlete at The University of Alabama," Oats said in the statement.
The news was first reported by Tuscaloosa Patch. According to Tuscaloosa Patch, Tuscaloosa PD spokesperson Stephanie Taylor confirmed the misdemeanor arrest.
"The officers smelled marijuana and asked the three men to exit the car," Taylor told Tuscaloosa Patch. "Front seat passenger Jaykwon Walton, 21, of Pike Road in Montgomery County, informed an officer of a loaded firearm under his seat. While retrieving the firearm, the officer noticed a rolling tray, a baggie containing approximately 20 grams of marijuana and a half-rolled blunt in the passenger side floorboard.".
Taylor then told Tuscaloosa Patch that officers located two more loaded weapons in the vehicle and another baggie containing 12 grams of marijuana that belonged to back-seat passenger Kameron Deshawn Harris, 21, of Bessemer.
According to Taylor, both Harris and Walton were charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and released after posting $500 bond. Taylor said the driver was released with no charges.
Walton led Montgomery Carver High to an AHSAA Class 6A title in 2018. He signed with Georgia, got hurt early in his freshman season and entered the transfer portal early the following season. He originally was slated to transfer to Mississippi State before enrolling at Shelton State in Tuscaloosa. This past season, he averaged a team-best 13.9 points per game for Wichita State.
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