Alabama's Avery Johnson supports Braxton Key decision to test NBA waters

Alabama's Braxton Key has until May 24 to decide if he will remain in the NBA Draft or return to school (

Alabama's Braxton Key will declare for the NBA Draft, but he will not hire an agent.

He spent just one season at Alabama, averaging 14 points and 6.1 rebounds a game in SEC play. Key was named to the freshman All-SEC team.

There's still a chance that Key could return next season. He's allowed to remove his name from the list of draft eligible players because he did not sign with an agent. He must make make his final decision by May 24.

Tide coach Avery Johnson says he hopes and prays that Key is back with the team next season, but he supports his players decision.

"I think it would be very hypocritical of me to tell a kid not to declare for the draft or you're making a bad decision. Especially someone who's had a long history in the NBA," Johnson said. "I think what I advise them to do is to get all the facts. Let's do all the research."

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