Alabama women's basketball star Brittany Davis declares for WNBA draft

Alabama women's basketball star Brittany Davis declared for the WNBA draft on Friday.

"Thank you for the best four years of my life," Davis said in a post on Instagram. "Since the moment I stepped foot on campus, Alabama Athletics has poured into me. From the coaching staff to the support staff, I was surrounded by some of the most gracious, encouraging, and loving people that I have ever met. I made the sweetest memories with each of you, but it was the way you adored and embraced Brielle that is most meaningful. My family and I are forever grateful for each of you!

"To the Alabama fan base, thank you for your steadfast support of me and my team. We had some good times in Coleman Coliseum, and I can't tell you how much we appreciated having you along for the ride. It is with an eager heart that I announce my intention to enter my name into the 2023 WNBA Draft. I am looking forward to the opportunity to prove myself at the next level, while developing my game alongside some of the best athletes in the world. Thanks to you, Crimson Tide fam, Alabama will always be home."

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Davis averaged 17.8 points and 7 rebounds per game this season and twice set her career high of 33, including in the first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Baylor on Saturday. She earned first-team All-SEC honors this season.

Davis has helped lead the resurgence of Alabama women's basketball, seeing two NCAA Tournament appearances in her four seasons. This season Alabama had its most regular season wins since 1996-97 and the highest SEC regular-season standing finish since 1998-99.

"She is just a phenomenal human, and I know her future is incredibly bright. She's going to leave Alabama with two degrees. She's a phenomenal mom. I just can't say enough about what she's done for our program, and she's laid the foundation for more Brittany Davises to come to Alabama," UA coach Kristy Curry said after the NCAA Tournament. We're excited about the legacy that she will leave and how she has impacted in so many more important ways than just bouncing a ball."

The Crimson Tide will also graduate guards Hannah Barber and Megan Abrams and has already seen JaMya Mingo-Young enter the transfer portal this offseason. UA should return Aaliyah Nye, Karly Weathers and and welcome four-star signee Reychel Douglas.

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