Yesterday I looked at the future of Alabama basketball and today I continue my blog with part 2: breaking down and look into the crystal ball of Auburn basketball.
The Tigers are coming off a horrible season; in fact the adjective "horrible" might not even do this season justice. It wasn't all bad…flashback to January the 16th the Tigers at Arkansas in double overtime, if they win that game they would be on a four game winning streak and first place in the SEC. As you know they lost and the season went with it. The Tigers finished the season losing 16 out of their last 17 games OUCH.
Jay Jacobs allowed Tony Barbee to keep his job (think about this, what if this was the football program…would Barbee still have his job?!?!?). So how does Auburn turn around the worst year in school history? If I had the answer to that question I would be in coaching, but like most college programs it starts and ends with recruiting.
Former Auburn Guard Daymeon Fishback on Alabama Tonight said "For Coach Tony Barbee and Auburn they have to go out and get players. They have some young guys there now; a good off season and some additional pieces is what will determine where they will go from here"
Auburn was a senior heavy team…Frankie Sullivan, Josh Wallace, and Rob Chubb will all need to be replaced. There are a few interesting players in the upcoming Auburn class. Ronald Delph is a very very tall center at 7'0", and should give the Tiger some immediate height. They're also brining in a really short player to run the point in 5'10" Tahj Shamsid-Deen, but Barbee did have success with Randy Culpepper who was a smaller point guard when he was at UTEP. Other players Auburn coming in are a 6'9" power forward Benas Griciunas and 6'6" shooting forward from Montgomery Jeremy Johnson. Yes that's the same Jeremy Johnson that will be playing quarterback for the Auburn football team this fall, but I wouldn't look for him on the court as a freshman or maybe ever.
Will any of those guys be the answer for Tony Barbee's basketball team? I'm not sold on any of those guys, I like the size of Delph at 7'0" and maybe he will become a power down low. Johnson would be a stud basketball player, but his focus will be on and needs to say on football.
I would have to think that Barbee's seat is very warm if not on fire. Auburn Arena is one of the top basketball venues in the south, but no one has been able to put a winning product on the floor and that's just not acceptable (or you would think). If Auburn doesn't become a contender next season and maybe make the NIT then I can't see how they would be able to keep Barbee around for another season.
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