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Shaq Johnson dismissed by Auburn

Jul 18, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

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Shaq Johnson is one of the best athletes to enter college basketball in recent memory.

He’s also once again looking for a school to play for.

After a largely non-descript freshman campaign for a bad Auburn team, Johnson has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules. Johnson started 21 games and averaged 5.3 points and 3.0 boards. According to a report, an arrest for possession of marijuana is the reason for Johnson’s dismissal.

“We hold our student-athletes to a high standard at Auburn University in the way that they conduct themselves off the court,” head coach Tony Barbee said. “I am very disappointed in Shaq’s choices and actions, and they won’t be tolerated. This decision is not one that I take lightly, but it is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete.”

When Tony Barbee took over the Auburn program in 2010, it was a mess. While he was able to land a couple of recruits that managed to find themselves ranked in a couple top 100 lists, Barbee hasn’t grown the program at all in three years. He’s 35-59 overall and 12-38 in the SEC coming off of a 9-23 season. And then there’s the whole point-shaving scandal.

I’d say that qualifies as a mess.

So maybe this was for the best for Johnson.

Does anyone need a guy that can do this?:

(Photo credit: AP)

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  1. florida727 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Any school that takes him on has to justify the off-court crap they’ll have to be willing to accept against the on-court skill set. The question is: is it worth it? That means a successful, big name program would probably say no. A more desperate, need-to-win-now program will take him regardless and hope they can deal with the down side.

    • nman087 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      Iowa State? Hoiberg has a pretty good track record of taking guys with off court histories at their previous programs and getting them to fall in line and play well for him.

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