Former Alabama basketball guard John Petty Jr. has signed a contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, the organization announced on Wednesday afternoon. The terms of Petty's contract were not disclosed to the general public.
Petty spent time with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Summer League after he went undrafted in 2021. However, Petty's former teammate at Alabama in wing Herbert Jones was drafted by the Pelicans. Petty now joins Jones as well as a second former Crimson Tide teammate in guard Kira Lewis Jr. in New Orleans.
During his time at Alabama, Petty led the Crimson Tide in both attempts and made threes with 208 and 77, respectively. At the end of his career, Petty finished as Alabama's all-time leading three-point shooter, with 311 made shots over the course of his four-year career.
Petty was dealing with a knee injury throughout the NBA Draft process that likely hindered his ability to be selected.
Here is the full statement issued by the Pelicans:
New Orleans Pelicans sign guard John Petty Jr.
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard John Petty Jr. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Petty Jr., 6 feet 5, 184 pounds, played four seasons at Alabama in which he averaged 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 131 games (105 starts), finishing his career with a school-record 311 made 3-pointers. Petty Jr. is coming off of a senior campaign where he averaged 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists en route to First Team All-SEC honors. Petty Jr. led the SEC with 77 made threes during the 2020-21 season.
The Pelicans roster now stands at 18.