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auburnnyc94
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That is some seriously pathetic, agenda-driven journalism. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about it except let it die quietly in the night.


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A blurb from Corey Evans on Auburn’s potential recruiting class:
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Sorry, but that just will not happen. First, B.J. Boston will not decommit. There has only been one prospect that has decommitted from Kentucky under John Calipari and that was last year with D.J. Jeffries, so odds are we will not see the Wildcats hit with a defection in back-to-back classes.

Auburn could have a strong run on the recruiting trail if everything lines up properly this fall. Boston’s travel teammate, Sharife Cooper is the likeliest of the bunch to commit. Walker Kessler has continued to sift through the recruiting process, with his next trip scheduled for Michigan, but at this point in time, the Tigers sit in a great spot.

Lastly, Greg Brown would be a major coup for Bruce Pearl’s bunch, but defeating Memphis, North Carolina and Texas may prove to be too difficult.

A Cooper and Kessler guard-big tandem would give the Tigers another chance at March glory, and I also would not be surprised if Auburn picked up another Rivals150 commitment or two.



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A poster on 247 reports reports that Akingabola is back in the United States. Guess his visa issue or whatever is cleared up.



He has reported to campus


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AUBURN, Alabama--Auburn’s large class of 2019 basketball signees is now complete with six-foot-eight center Babatunde "Stretch" Akingbola joining the group in time for fall semester classes.

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jangalang
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We offered Jamal Mashburn Jr. He’s a 6’0 SG. Probably more like a PG.

Don’t be a backup plan and I’m good with it.


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Don’t be a backup plan and I’m good with it.
This is what I'm concerned about. I can't see offering a 6'0 wing.


ThaiTiger24
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Just let me know when I should start melting about our 2020 basketball recruiting class.
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jangalang
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Colby Jones, highest ranked player in Alabama chooses Xavier. Don’t think we wanted to take him yet.

The state of Alabama doesn’t have much talent this year.


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Blum and Al.com filed an open records request and received a list of NCAA infractions since Person’s arrest.

Just 3 since January 2017, one since Person’s arrest

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The three sanctions included an unidentified staff member paying to retrieve a athlete’s car after it was illegally parked. The athlete’s aid was reduced by $85 and the staffer was suspended for three days without pay. This occurred in January 2017.

The second penalty occurred in Sept. 2018, when Auburn paid for a meal to an individual accompanying a prospect. The violation wasn’t reported until the prospect committed to Auburn. The conference said the unnamed assistant coach couldn’t recruit for a 15-day period, which started last month.

The third penalty occurred in April 2017, and involved an assistant coach having knowledge of a basketball game with prospects that included a student manager. Auburn suspended the assistant coach’s recruiting privileges for a two-week period in July 2017.


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AUNashville
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Nothing too major that I see.

Also, is this Blum guy really an AU basketball beat writer?! He seems more like a 'journalist' that Al.com hired with the sole intent to dig up made-up dirt on our program.
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jangalang
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He will soon be in Dallas and won’t be dealing with him anymore. I thought Joel Erickson was a good one. Wish he would come back.


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He will soon be in Dallas and won’t be dealing with him anymore. I thought Joel Erickson was a good one. Wish he would come back.
I like Tom Green fine.


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I agree. Green's reports are honest, and doesn't seem to always have a negative feel to them like Blum's always did. If there is negative news, Green reports it, but doesn't write it with opinionated negative tone added in.

Glad Blum is gone. Ofc, we could get someone worse. lol.
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ellitor
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Ofc, we could get someone worse. lol.
Yeah. Marcello could go back. He sounds unhappy at AUC.


AuSteeler
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I would think Marcello would be making more here than at AL.com. Wonder what he doesn't like in his newest job?


ellitor
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I would think Marcello would be making more here than at AL.com. Wonder what he doesn't like in his newest job?
The merger with ITAT, his reduced role, & the loss of the title of SR Editor.


jangalang
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Im still wondering how Nike powerhouse teams that were caught up in the scandal aren’t getting the attention that Bruce got. Ours wasn’t even recruiting related.

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jangalang
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From Rivals:

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Pearl planning shift in style

AUBURN | Last season, Auburn used its speed, defense and 3-point shooting to advance to the first Final Four in program history.

But Jared Harper, Bryce Brown and Chuma Okeke — the keystones of that attack — are off to play professional ball, leaving coach Bruce Pearl with a new team and a new approach for his sixth season leading the Tigers.

“They were all really good shooters. I can’t imagine we’re going to shoot it as well or be as fast,” Pearl said. “We’re going to be bigger, stronger, more physical and we’re going to have to go to our strengths.”

The strengths start in the frontcourt where Auburn returns seniors Anfernee McLemore and Austin Wiley. McLemore, who can play forward or center, and Wiley, who is a more traditional center, have overcome injuries in their Auburn careers but enter this fall in the best shape of their careers.

Senior forward/wing Danjel Purifoy also returns and the frontcourt will be further bolstered by the addition of freshman center Babatunde Akingbola, a premiere shot blocker, freshman forward/wing Isaac Okoro, a physical defender, freshman forward/wing Devan Cambridge, freshman forward Jaylin Williams and junior college transfer forward Javon Franklin.

“We’ve got great experience on the front line, we’ve got great depth on the front line and we’re just by nature of our roster going to be much bigger. Therefore we’re not going to be as fast,” Pearl said.

The backcourt will be led by senior point guard J’Von McCormick and senior wing Samir Doughty, but depth is an issue with freshman Tyrell Jones expected to backup McCormick at point and freshman Allen Flanigan providing depth on the wing. Further help will come from sophomore wing Jamal Johnson, who sat out last season after transferring from Memphis.

Defensively, Auburn has mainly relied on an aggressive man-to-man defense to force turnovers and jumpstart the fast break under Pearl. But that approach could also be modified to fit this year’s team.

“We’ll probably play some more zone than we’ve been playing because of our length,” Pearl said.

While there will definitely be some changes, there’s also plenty that won’t change thanks to the leadership of Pearl’s five seniors and a group of newcomers that are determined to make an early mark.

“You talk about culture, the biggest thing that’s left from where we left off was the work ethic and the culture of working and the culture of being in the gym,” Pearl said. “And that’s just continued all summer. Our guys were in the gym all summer.

“We’re only out with them for four hours a week, and we were, and they get a total of eight. But I know they do a lot of stuff on their own. I’m just telling you, we’ve got a team of gym rats.”


AUNashville
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I'm confident that our coaches will adjust the team as needed. The worst thing I think the team can do at this point is try and emulate last year's team.

I'm really excited for the season to get underway...gotta suffer through a few weeks of football before that happens though.


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