It was reported yesterday that Jeff Garrett, a 6'7 206 lb forward, has elected to transfer from Alabama. Garrett, a freshman who was redshirted this past season, is the third player to transfer from the program, joining Ricky Tarrant and Devin Mitchell. His departure leaves Alabama with 10 scholarship players, including Memphis transfer, Nick King, who will have to sit out next year per the NCAA transfer rules.
Avery Johnson and his staff continue to mine what's left of the 2015 class in an effort to fill the scholarship limits, but the recent transfers will likely prevent that from happening.
One player who could benefit from the opening of another scholarship is Lawson Schaeffer, a 5'11 guard who announced his decision yesterday to enroll at Alabama as a walk-on. Schaeffer, from Cullman, had a great high school career, being chosen as the AHSAA Class 6A Player of the Year this past season. His senior numbers were 21 ppg, 7 apg. With the unexpected departure of Garrett, perhaps the staff offers the scholarship to Schaeffer, at least for one year.