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John Petty Jr. named SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

Huntsville native John Petty earned his second weekly award from the league following wins at Kentucky and vs. Arkansas last week.
Credit: SEC Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — For the second time in the last three weeks, Alabama guard John Petty Jr. has been selected as the Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. The Crimson Tide has now earned the league's weekly honor in three of the last four weeks (Jaden Shackelford on Dec. 28 and Petty on Jan. 4).

It is the fifth time Petty has been named the league's player of the week. In addition to his two awards this season, he earned his first player of the week award last year (Dec. 23, 2019) and was twice named the league's freshman of the week during the 2017-18 season.

John Petty Jr.

  • Led Alabama to wins at Kentucky and vs. Arkansas last week, extending the Tide's winning streak to seven games – the longest since 2011
  • Averaged 20.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 threes made per game while shooting 60 percent (15-of-25) from the floor and 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from beyond the arc in the two wins
  • With the nine made threes on the week, Petty broke the program record for career three-pointers made (265)
  • The week began when Petty went for a season-high 23 points along with five boards in 37 minutes of action against the Wildcats, connecting on 9-of-15 shots from the field and 4-of-7 from three in leading the Tide to its first win in Rupp Arena since 2006
  • He followed that performance by hitting five threes (5-of-9) on his way to 17 points and four rebounds in the 31-point win over the Razorbacks – UA's largest win in series history
  • Petty was also named the NCAA's National Player of the Week

Alabama will return to action Tuesday night when it travels to LSU (10-2, 5-1 SEC) in Baton Rouge, La. That contest is slated to tipoff on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. CT.