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Galin Smith enters NCAA transfer Portal

Alabama center Galin Smith has decided to become a graduate transfer and put his name in the NCAA transfer portal.
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Alabama Crimson Tide forward Galin Smith (30) during the first half of the Barclays Center Classic College Basketball game between Alabama & Minnesota

University of Alabama basketball player Galin Smith entered his name into the the NCAA transfer portal Wednesday.

He's listed as as graduate transfer, which explains the timing. Alabama classes for the spring semester are wrapping up this week. Smith was listed as a junior last season.

Transferring as a graduate transfer means he's eligible to play for any potential team next season. 

AL.com was first to report the listing. 

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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Galin Smith #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide fights for the rebound against P.J. Horne #14 of the Virginia Tech Hokies during the first half of the game in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound, forward/center started 19 games for the Crimson Tide over three seasons, including seven in 2019-20.

He appeared in 31 games this past season, averaging 12.9 minutes, 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Smith had a season-high 11 points to go along with four rebounds in 23 minutes of action vs. Mississippi State. He had 10 points, shooting 85.7 percent (6-of-7) from the free-throw line to go along with six rebounds against LSU on Feb. 15.

He was initially recruited out of Clinton, Miss., where he ranked as the top center and the No. 2 overall player in the state according to 247Sports.com. The same site ranked him as the No. 21 center in the nation.

Alabama, which is the middle of major roster turnover, has already seen two players transfer out this spring: freshmen Raymond Hawkins and Jaylen Forbes. 

Hawkins has committed to Long Beach State and Forbes to Tulane. 

Kira Lewis Jr. has already entered the 2020 NBA Draft. 

The other departure from the 2019-20 team was guard Beetle Bolden, who was a senior and ran out of eligibility. 

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