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Former top basketball recruit Pollard withdraws from Alabama

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Alabama men's basketball player Devonta Pollard has withdrawn from school, according to a statement from head coach Anthony Grant released by the university.

Pollard was arrested and charged earlier this month in connection with a kidnapping case allegedly involving his mother, who is charged with kidnapping a six-year-old Mississippi girl. Devonta is alleged to have delivered tools and acted as a driver for a third suspect.

Six total have been charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

"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."

The girl was returned a day after the kidnapping, unharmed.

If convicted, Pollard faces a maximum of five years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

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