TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama men’s basketball head coach Avery Johnson officially announced on Friday the addition of guard/forward Tevin Mack to the Crimson Tide men’s basketball program. Mack, who enrolled at the Capstone and is taking classes during the Summer II session, played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Texas and will sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
“We are very excited to welcome Tevin to the Alabama men’s basketball family,” head coach Avery Johnson said. “Tevin is a versatile player offensively who can really score the basketball. He will have to sit out this season per NCAA rules, but he is the type of player that will impact our program the day he becomes eligible. In the meantime, he will be able to practice and that will give him an opportunity to learn our system.”
As a sophomore during the 2016-17 season, Mack led the Longhorns with 14.8 points and 31.3 minutes per game, while also adding 4.8 rebounds a contest. Over the 15 games he played a year ago, the 6-7, 220-pound guard/forward connected on 45.9 percent (79-of-172) from the floor, including a team-high 39.1 percent (34-of-87) from behind the arc. He reached double figures in 11 games and scored 18 points or more on eight different occasions.
Alabama fans are familiar with Mack, as he accounted for 11 points – all coming in the second half – and seven rebounds against the Crimson Tide last December in Austin, Texas. That contest also marked the first start in his collegiate career. Later in the season, Mack set career-highs in scoring (27 points) and field goals made (10), and tied his career best with four made three-pointers against Oklahoma State on Jan 4.
As a freshman in 2015-16, the Columbia, S.C., native averaged 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds across 33 games. In 48 career games, he has 16 double-figure contests and has topped the 20-point mark three times.
At the time of his signing he was ranked by ESPN No. 5 on its list of “Best Available Transfers” in the nation.
Mack attended Dreher High School in Columbia, S.C., before suiting up for the Longhorns. Coming out of high school, he was ranked the No. 11 small forward in the nation by 247Sports, which also ranked him 76th overall in the country.