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Collin Darnell Sexton (born January 4, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Alabama Crimson Tide. In January 2017 Sexton was selected as a McDonald's All-American.[1] He was selected with the 8th pick in the 2018 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Collin Sexton
Collin Sexton (46388682574).jpg
Sexton with the Cavs in 2019
No. 2 – Cleveland Cavaliers
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1999-01-04) January 4, 1999 (age 20)
Marietta, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolPebblebrook (Mableton, Georgia)
CollegeAlabama (2017–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–presentCleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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Early lifeEdit

Collin is the son of Darnell and Gia Sexton. He has one older brother, Jordan, and one older sister, Giauna. He started playing basketball when he was three years old. Collin transferred to Pebblebrook HS, prior to his junior year and helped the Falcons to a 2016 Georgia Region 3-6A title and the 2016 Georgia Class 6A state championship game; while averaging 23 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists.[2]

RecruitingEdit

Sexton was considered one of the best players in the 2017 recruiting class by Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.[3][4] On November 10, 2016, Sexton committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide, on the same day he signed his letter of intent (LOI).[5]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Collin Sexton
PG
Mableton, GA Pebblebrook (GA) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Nov 10, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 100
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #6   Rivals: #7  247Sports: #3  ESPN: #7
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Alabama 2017 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  • "2017 Alabama Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 6, 2016.

College careerEdit

Collin Sexton attended the University of Alabama, playing for coach Avery Johnson. On November 25, 2017, he scored 40 points while playing shorthanded (3-on-5) during most of the second half in a loss to the University of Minnesota.[6][7] In the opening game of the SEC Tournament, Collin Sexton scored 27 points against Texas A&M including the game winning buzzer-beater, then 31 points in a quarterfinal win over #1 seed Auburn, and 21 points against Kentucky in a loss during the semifinals. Collin Sexton was named to the All-tournament team after averaging 26.3 ppg, 3 apg, and 5 rpg in 3 games.

Following Alabama's loss in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Sexton announced his intention to forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA draft, where he was expected to be a first round selection.[8]

FBI investigationEdit

Before Alabama's exhibition game on November 6, 2017, the school announced that Sexton would not play due to eligibility concerns. These concerns stem from Alabama director of basketball operations Kobie Baker's resignation following an internal investigation after the announcement of an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption.[9] Sexton would, however, make his debut with Alabama on November 14 in a win against Lipscomb University. Later on in February 2018, Sexton's name would pop up as one of the names implicated with the NCAA scandal of receiving payments or dinners. His name was once again cleared.

Professional careerEdit

Cleveland Cavaliers (2018–present)Edit

 
Sexton in 2018

On June 21, 2018, Sexton was selected with the eighth overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA draft. He was the highest-selected player from Alabama since Antonio McDyess in 1995. On July 6, 2018, Sexton made his NBA Summer League debut. He recorded 15 points to go along with 7 rebounds.[10] On October 17, 2018, Sexton made his NBA debut, coming off the bench for the Cleveland Cavaliers with nine points and three rebounds in a 104–116 loss to the Toronto Raptors.[11] On November 24, 2018, Sexton scored a then career high 29 points against the Houston Rockets in a 117-108 victory. On December 9, 2018, he scored a season-high 29 points against the Washington Wizards in a 116-101 victory[12]. On March 8, 2019, Sexton passed Kyrie Irving for 3 pointers made as a Cavs rookie with 76 against the Miami Heat. He also eclipsed 1,000 career points. On March 11, 2019, Sexton had 28 points against the Toronto Raptors in a 126-101 victory, to go along with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. In the week of March 8, 2019, Sexton had the best week of his rookie campaign, averaging 26.0 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.5 rebounds. During a stretch from March 8 to March 22, he became the first rookie to score 23+ points in seven consecutive games since Tim Duncan in 1998, as well the only rookie in franchise history to successively score at least 23 points. Additionally, he is the only rookie in NBA history to have played at least 2,000 minutes while scoring over 16 points per game on over 40% 3-point accuracy and fewer than 3 turnovers.

National team careerEdit

Sexton won a gold medal with the 2016 USA Men’s U17 World Championship Team, at the 2016 FIBA Under-17 World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain. He was named the MVP of the tournament.

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Cleveland 82 72 31.8 .430 .402 .839 2.9 3.0 .5 .1 16.7
Career 82 72 31.8 .430 .402 .839 2.9 3.0 .5 .1 16.7

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Alabama 33 32 29.9 .447 .336 .778 3.8 3.6 .8 .1 19.2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2017 McDonald's All-American Game boys rosters announced". maxpreps. January 15, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  2. ^ https://www.usab.com/basketball/players/mens/s/sexton-collin.aspx
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Sugiura, Ken (November 10, 2016). "Pebblebrook's Collin Sexton picks Alabama over Tech". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Live: Stadium College Basketball". Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Medcalf, Myron. "Alabama plays 10-plus minutes with 3 players after ejections, fouls, injury". ESPN. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Alabama freshman Collin Sexton declares for the draft". CBS Sports. April 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Alabama freshman point guard Collin Sexton not eligible, missed exhibition game". USA TODAY. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  10. ^ Inabinett, Mark (July 7, 2018). "Collin Sexton makes pro debut in NBA Summer League". The Birmingham News. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "Newcomer Kawhi Leonard scores 24 as Raptors beat Cavaliers". ESPN.com. October 17, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "Wizards vs. Cavaliers - Game Recap - December 9, 2018 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 22, 2019.

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