BREAKING: Mitchell, Hankerson leaving Alabama basketball program

The Tony Mitchell saga officially has a final chapter.

Alabama just released a statement saying Mitchell and sophomore Charles Hankerson would not return next season.

Mitchell, the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.1 points, was suspended the final few weeks of his junior season. He missed the final 11 games of the season after violating unspecified team rules.

Hankerson was a go-to reserve averaging 3.6 points a game.

The two departures mark the third straight season players left the Alabama program. Justin Knox transfered to North Carolina following Anthony Grant’s first season. Last year, it was Jason Carter and Kendall Durant who left after one season.

Timeline of events
Feb. 6: Tony Mitchell suspended “indefinitely” by coach Anthony Grant.
Feb. 7: Alabama beats Auburn 68-50 in first game without Mitchell.
Feb. 11: Starters JaMychal Green, Trevor Releford and Andrew Steele are suspended before 67-58 loss at LSU.
Feb. 14: Releford and Steele return for 61-52 loss to Florida.
Feb. 20: Grant announces Mitchell’s suspension will span rest of season, Green cleared to return to practice.
Feb. 25: Green returns after four games in a 67-50 win over Mississippi State
March 16: Alabama season ends with 58-57 loss to Creighton in NCAA tournament
April 6: Mitchell and Charles Hankerson are granted release from scholarships

Much more to come on this breaking story.

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