Collin Sexton plays professional basketball with the Cleveland Cavaliers team of the National Basketball Association [NBA]. Before joining the professional team, he played college basketball for the Alabama Crimson Tide and in January 2017, McDonald’s selected him as their All-American. By the time the 2018 NBA Draft came around, he was selected as the 8th pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Who is Collin Sexton and How Old is He?
Collin Sexton was born in January 1999 to Darnell and Gia Sexton in Marietta, Georgia. In their home, Collin Sexton is the last child and he has two older siblings, a brother named Jordan and a sister named Giauna. Basketball became a part of his life quite early when he grabbed his first ball at the age of three. He attended Pebblebrook High School, Mableton, Georgia and there, he helped the Falcons to a 2016 Georgia Region 3-6A title and the 2016 Georgia Class 6A state championship game; averaging 23 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.
Going into the 2017 recruiting class, Sexton was considered one of the best players by Scout.com, Rivals.com, and ESPN. He was riding a pretty high wave of popularity and on November 10, 2016, Sexton committed to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide and made it official by signing the letter of intent. Subsequently, Collin Sexton attended the University of Alabama and played under coach Avery Johnson.
Before Alabama’s exhibition game, the institution announced that Sexton would not play due to eligibility concerns. The issues were traced to the school’s director of basketball operations Kobie Baker’s resignation following an internal investigation after it was announced that the FBI was investigating allegations of corruption in the college’s basketball operations. Sexton, however, went on to make his debut for the Crimson Tides on November 14 in a win against Lipscomb University. The allegations, however, did not fully go away. In February 2018, his name came up as one of the those implicated in the NCAA scandal of receiving payments. The baller was later cleared of all allegations once again.
Collin Sexton scored 40 points while playing shorthanded during most of the second half in the Crimson Tide’s loss to the University of Minnesota. In the SEC tournament’s opening game, he scored 27 points against Texas A&M including the game-winning buzzer-beater, then went on to score 31 points in a quarterfinal win over number one seed, Auburn. This was followed by another 21 points against Kentucky during the semifinals. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Alabama team lost the game. Collin Sexton’s performances earned him a place in the All-tournament team after averaging 26.3 points per game, 3 assists and 5 rebounds in three games.
In 2018, after Alabama’s loss in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Collin Sexton announced his intention to forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. It was expected that he would be a first-round pick.
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NBA Draft and Career Stats
After declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft, Sexton was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the eighth overall pick on June 21, 2018. He was the highest selected player from Alabama since Antonio McDyess was drafted in 1995. Sexton made his NBA Summer League debut on July 6, 2018, and scored 15 points with 7 rebounds.
With Collin yet to fully explore his professional career, great things are expected from the Georgian-born point guard. His college career stats so far shows that he has played 33 games, started 32 of them with an average of 30 minutes per game, scoring 19 points per game, 3 rebounds per game and 3 assists per game.
Just How Tall is The NBA Star
Collin Sexton stands at 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 83kg. He plays in the point guard position and with body stats like that, great things are expected of the young former Crimson Tide man.
Other Interesting Details
Collin Sexton is signed to a four-year deal with the Cavaliers which could be worth as much as $20.2 million. He is guaranteed the first two seasons with team options for two more seasons.
On the national front, Sexton has recorded some success with the USA national team. He won a gold medal with the 2016 USA Men’s U17 World Championship Team at the 2016 FIBA Under-17 World Championship which took place in Spain. Along with his team honors, the talented player also won a personal award as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.