Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Lebo's leavings

Since Jeff Lebo was hired as Auburn’s men’s basketball coach in the spring of 2004, 13 scholarship players have left the program with eligibility remaining. Five signed under Lebo’s predecessor, Cliff Ellis, who was fired in 2004.

Here is a preliminary list, with year departed, new school where applicable and reason for leaving:


C Dwayne Curtis, 2004, Ole Miss – Left after coaching change. Followed former Auburn assistant Tracy Dildy, a Chicago native who recruited Curtis from Chicago.

G Toney Douglas, 2005, Florida State – Father criticized Lebo for using son as a shooting guard as a freshman.

F Marco Killingsworth, 2004, Indiana – Left after coaching change.

G Lewis Monroe, 2004, Indiana – Left after coaching change.

F Brandon Robinson, 2004, quit – Academics.


F Joey Cameron, 2006, Seton Hall – Playing time.

C Ryan Daniel, 2005, Lipscomb – Playing time.

G-F Daniel Hayles, 2006, South Alabama – Mobile native left to be closer to 2-year-old daughter.

F Matt Heramb, 2008, Kennesaw State – Playing time.

G Kelvin Lewis, 2007, Houston – Transferred when father became an assistant coach at Houston.

C Boubacar Sylla, 2008, Wyoming – Paris, France native said to have difficulty adjusting to Auburn. Will try Laramie.

F Emanuel Willis, 2006, Houston Baptist – Transferred from Southern Cal to Auburn after USC fired Henry Bibby but did not fit in.

G Michael Woodard, 2005, unknown – Following stops at Youngstown State and Los Angeles Southwest Community College, he left Auburn after appearing in five games in 2005-06. He cited role and playing time.

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