On Tuesday, Alabama basketball saw some movement from the transfer portal. Guard Nimari Burnett entered the transfer portal Tuesday morning and hours later, coach Nate Oats added Wichita State guard Jaykwon Walton.
Burnett began the season in the starting lineup for the Crimson Tide for the first nine games of the season until a left wrist injury had him on the sidelines for over a month. After finally returning back to action for the Tide, Burnett found that his playing time had diminished, as Jaden Bradley took over his starting spot, forcing Burnett to play a more defensive specialist role. Burnett ended the year averaging just 5.5 points per game and 14.7 minutes per game.
Burnett transferred to Alabama after playing one season at Texas Tech, but a preseason knee injury kept him on the sidelines for the entire 2021-2022 season at Alabama.
With the news of Burnett entering the transfer portal on Tuesday, Oats wasted no time going into the portal and adding Jaykwon Walton, a former four-star prospect out of George Washington Carver High School in Montgomery.
Walton signed with Georgia out of high school and made an appearance in seven games with the Bulldogs as a freshman but only recorded 17 points in nine rebounds, logging just 53 minutes of playing time.
After his freshman year with Georgia, Walton spent a season at Shelton State Community College before landing at Wichita State. At Wichita State, Walton started in 27 of 28 games with the Shockers, averaging almost 14 points and five rebounds per game.
Nimari Burnett is the first Alabama player to enter the portal, while Jaykwon Walton is the first player to transfer into the Crimson Tide program this offseason.
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