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Auburn's Thompson, Delph taking indefinite leave of absence

Two Auburn basketball players are taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team, coach Bruce Pearl announced in a statement on Friday.

Former walk-on forward Alex Thompson, who was awarded a scholarship last season, averaged 1.0 points and 7.8 minutes in 21 games in 2013-14, while center Ronald Delph did not appear in any games.

Both players have been removed from the team's official online roster.

The Tigers have 13 players on scholarship (including Thompson and Delph), the maximum allowed under NCAA rules, but will likely open up a spot for former Maryland signee Trayvon Reed, who is expected to join the team in December.

Auburn's roster has undergone significant changes since former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl was hired in May, with multiple players leaving the program and others transferring in.

The Tigers went 14-16 and 6-12 in the SEC last season.

- Chris Johnson

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