The Auburn Tigers and head coach Tony Barbee have been attempting to get themselves out of the basement in the SEC for a couple of seasons now. Barbee’s ability to bring in a talent like Shaq Johnson however, was certainly supposed to help.
In fact, Johnson started 21 games a season ago as a freshman, averaging 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Expectations were on the rise for the second year wing, but now they have gone out of the window with the snap of a finger. Johnson was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor in possessing less than an ounce of marijuana last week and Barbee is having none of it.
Barbee dismissed Johnson from the team, citing a violation of team rules, but it’s clear and obvious that the arrest was the main reason behind it. Johnson is a unique talent and one of the better recruits that Auburn has seen in a while. With Johnson’s dismissal, the expectations at Auburn have simply taken another hit and this latest move comes on the heels of two other players fresh off their freshmen seasons who also chose to leave the program. That of course is referring to both Brian Greene Jr. and Jordan Price.
Johnson is a talent and he could have had a nice future at Auburn, but it’s going to be interesting to see where he surfaces next, especially at this point in the summer. Johnson could transfer and he would have to sit out the 2013-14 season, but there should be any denying the fact that somebody will likely take a chance on him moving forward.
Auburn finished the year at 9-23 this past season.
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