Tide's Grant: Pollard withdraws from University of Alabama
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds a game last season as a freshman. (Associated Press file photo)
Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds a game last season as a freshman. (Associated Press file photo)
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Devonta Pollard is no longer a part of the Alabama men’s basketball team.

Crimson Tide coach Anthony Grant announced Monday afternoon Pollard has withdrawn from the university.

Pollard, a former five-star forward from Potterville, Miss., was arrested earlier this month and charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Pollard allegedly delivered tools and served as a driver for one of the six other suspects accused of arranging the kidnapping of a 6-year-old girl.

“Devonta has endured a very challenging time these past few months due to the legal issues involving him and his family,” Grant said in a statement. “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.”

A spokesman said this is only statement Grant will have about Pollard's situation.

Pollard, a rising sophomore, played in 36 games and started eight during his freshman year. He averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds a game. The loss of Pollard drops Alabama down to nine eligible scholarship players for the 2013-2014 season.

Pollard’s mother, Jesse Mae Pollard, was charged with the kidnapping of 6-year-old Jashayla Hopson last month. If convicted, she faces a maximum of life in prison.

Devonta Pollard, if convicted, faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Pollard is one of six other suspects charged with conspiracy to commit the kidnapping. A trial date is set for Aug. 6.

Marq Burnett covers Alabama athletics for The Anniston Star. He can be reached at mburnett@annistonstar.com. Follow on Twitter @Marq_Burnett.
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