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Devonta Pollard leaves Bama basketball team, withdraws from UA

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WSFA) -

Devonta Pollard is no longer part of the Alabama basketball program. Alabama coach Anthony Grant released this statement Monday:

"Devonta has endured a very challenging time these past few months due to the legal issues involving him and his family. Our primary concern is and has always been his well-being and doing what is in his best interest. In light of the issues at hand, we felt it best to allow him the time he needed to focus solely on family without having to address his status as a student-athlete. In a recent meeting with Devonta, he informed me that he and his family have decided that he needs to withdraw from The University of Alabama so that he can be closer to his family during this difficult time. Devonta has my full support with his decision. It was a pleasure coaching him this past season. As this is an ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment further."

Pollard was charged earlier this month with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, following the arrest of his mother.

He is a five-star recruit who averaged fewer than four points per game as a freshman.

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