Alabama gives hoops coach Avery Johnson 2-year extension

Alabama head coach Avery Johnson instructs his players during the first half of the Advocare Invitational college basketball game against Xavier, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson has received a two-year contract extension through 2023.

The board of trustees’ compensation committee approved the extension on Friday. Johnson will receive $2.9 million annually under the six-year deal.

The Tide hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament in either of Johnson’s first two seasons, but the future seems bright.

Johnson brought in the nation’s No. 6 signing class, touted as the program’s best ever. The group is led by five-star point guard Collin Sexton and four-star shooting guard John Petty.

A former NBA player, Johnson has been head coach of the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets.

The trustees also approved a $75,000 raise to basketball assistant John Pelphrey to $425,000. New baseball coach Brad Bohannon received a five-year deal worth $425,000 annually.

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