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Former five-star recruit Devonta Pollard now in junior college

Former five-star recruit Devonta Pollard, who left Alabama after an offseason arrest connected to a kidnapping, has enrolled at East Mississippi Community College and will play basketball there this season, a school official told CBSSports.com on Monday.

A picture of Pollard was posted on the official EMCC Twitter feed on Monday. The school's sports information director, David Rosinski, subsequently confirmed the news to CBSSports.com. Worth noting is that East Mississippi Community College is a prominent basketball school, and the only National Junior College Athletic Association program to compete in the national tournament each of the past four seasons.

This development is notable for two reasons: 1) There's now a former five-star prospect in junior college, which is rare. 2) Pollard is still facing a conspiracy to commit kidnapping charge and, if convicted, he could receive a sentence of up to five years in prison. So it'll be interesting to see how this affects his recruitment going forward, specifically which Division I programs will consider pursuing the 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Crimson Tide last season.


Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and college basketball insider for the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts an award-winning radio show in Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two sons and two dogs.
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