Alabama men’s basketball guard Nimari Burnett suffers season-ending knee injury

The following is a press release from Alabama Athletics.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama men’s basketball player Nimari Burnett suffered a knee injury that will keep him sidelined for the 2021-22 season, head coach Nate Oats confirmed Wednesday. The 6-4, 190-pound sophomore guard underwent successful surgery on his right knee Tuesday afternoon and is expected to make a full recovery.

Surgery was performed by Dr. Lyle Cain of Andrews Sports Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.


“We are certainly disappointed for Nimari and his family. Our program, his teammates and his family are going to support him throughout every step of the rehab process. Even though it’s a tough loss for us, I know Nimari’s work ethic combined with the fact he will be surrounded by the best of the best when it comes to our medical staff and team doctors gives me complete confidence that he will come back stronger and better than ever.”


  • Played in 12 games as a freshman at Texas Tech in 2020-21 before opting to enter the transfer portal where he signed with Alabama in April 2021
  • Averaged 5.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 17.8 minutes per contest, while connecting on 88.9 percent from the foul line (32-of-36) with the Red Raiders
  • Scored a season-best 12 points on 2-for-3 shooting and made all seven of his free throw attempts while earning a season-high of six steals in 15 minutes of play versus Grambling State
  • A five-star prospect according to ESPN, who had him ranked as the No. 22 overall player and the No. 4 guard in the country coming out of Prolific Prep in 2020
  • Rated as a four-star prospect by 247 sports, who also ranked him No. 38 overall and the No. 8 player at his position (2020)
  • During his senior season, Burnett averaged 25.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game at Prolific Prep

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