Alabama big man Grant Nelson will return for final season of eligibility

Alabama forward Grant Nelson announced Monday that he will return for his final season of eligibility, locking in a key piece for the Tide next season. Nelson was an every game starter last season, averaging 11.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while helping the team to its first Final Four berth in school history.

Nelson, who entered the 2023 NBA Draft process, was a candidate to enter again this year, particularly after an impressive NCAA Tournament run that included a 24-point, 12-rebound effort in the Sweet 16 against North Carolina and 19 points and 15 rebounds against eventual champion UConn in the Final Four. Now, Nelson returns as a foundational piece to a roster that will have perhaps the highest preseason expectations in school history with the No. 2 overall recruiting class (high school and transfers) nationally, according to 247Sports.

The 6 feet 11, 230-pound Nelson transferred from North Dakota State last June. He took time adjusting to the heightened…

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