The Alabama basketball team could be losing two more starters. Crimson Tide freshman forward Noah Clowney and sophomore center Charles Bediako have announced that they will be entering the 2023 NBA Draft.
It remains to be seen if either of the two players will return to the Alabama basketball program for the 2023-2024 season. In his social media announcement, Noah Clowney didn't indicate that he would keep his college eligibility. Charles Bediako, on the other hand, indicated that he could play for the Crimson Tide next year.
“I am excited to announce that I will be declaring for the 2023 NBA Draft,” Bediako wrote in a statement. “I plan to sign with an NCAA certified agent to keep the option of returning to the University of Alabama men's basketball team next season. I cannot wait to see what the future holds.”
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— Noah Clowney (@NoahClowney) April 1, 2023
Bediako averaged 6.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 20.8 minutes per game. A 7-footer, Bediako's numbers didn't improve much from his freshman campaign in the 2021-2022 season.
Clowney was third on the team with 9.8 points per game. The 6-foot-10 freshman was Alabama's second-leading rebounder with 7.9 boards per contest.
It's long been known that Alabama star Brandon Miller was headed for the pros. Miller is widely expected to be the No. 3 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Senior guard Jahvon Quinerly is also entering the draft, according to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein. Like Bediako, Quinerly is maintaining his college eligibility.
Alabama suffered a disappointing Sweet 16 exit at the hands of No. 5 San Diego State in March Madness. The Crimson Tide were the No. 1 overall seed in the 2o23 NCAA Tournament.