John Petty ready for big role at Bama

Coach Avery Johnson is looking for more consistency from the shooting guard.

Posted: Oct 17, 2018 10:09 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2018 3:36 PM

With Collin Sexton gone, Alabama's head basketball coach, Avery Johnson, is hoping for more versatility for his Tide offense. 

Johnson said Wednesday at SEC Media Days in Birmingham that he wants more players to get their hands on the ball, making the team harder to scout. 

Two local guys will have a chance to be a huge part of the Bama attack. Sophomore John Petty, who is a Jemison High School grad, and 17-year-old Kira Lewis, who played at Hazel Green, are being prepped for big roles for Bama basketball. 

Johnson says he wants Petty to be a better shooter on the road. 

"There are two different extremes, Petty shot the ball incredibly well at home, but not on the road," Johnson said. "But he really improved on that this summer. He embraced the idea of getting his body stronger."

Alabama tips off the season November 6 against Coach Johnson's Alma Mater, Southern University. 

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