Alabama Crimson Tide flag Sam Elmore of Indianapolis waves an Alabama Crimson Tide flag as he waits for the team buses to arrive in front of Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., before the team s Sweet Sixteen game against the UCLA Bruins in the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening, March 28, 2021. Elmore, who lives five minutes away from the venue, wanted to show his support for the team before heading home to watch the game. Mandatory Credit: Sam Owens/IndyStar via USA TODAY Sports

Alabama head basketball coach Nate Oats got some bad news Monday. The Tide’s center, Charles Bediako, has decided to stay in the NBA Draft.

Many thought Bediako was exploring his options and would return to the team next year, but he has decided to stay in the draft.

As of now, Alabama will be losing three players to the draft. Bediako, Brandon Miller and Noah Clowney. Clowney and Miller are both expected to be high draft choices. Meanwhile, no one knows where Bediako will be picked.

Bediako wasn’t known for scoring (he only averaged about 6.4 points per game), but the seven-footer is better known for his defense.

Someone in his camp is telling him he may be a high-draft pick. Tide guards Jahvon Quinerly and Mark Sears also declared for the draft, but there is no word whether either will return.

The three, along with Miller and Clowney, were a part of the Alabama team who won the SEC this past year, made it to the Sweet 16, and was the first team in the school’s history to win 31 games.

It would be a massive loss for the Tide if they lost all five players, but there is still hope. The deadline to return to school is May 31. So, one way or another, we’ll find out what it all will look like within the next week.

{Nick Kelly}

About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.