Auburn Preview Capsule

Auburn Preview Capsule

Eds: With: BKC--Auburn Preview. Should stand.

By The Associated Press=

Auburn

Last season: 11-20, 5-13 SEC.

Nickname: Tigers.

Coach: Bruce Pearl.

Conference: SEC.

Who's gone: G Kareem Canty, F Cinmeon Bowers, F Tyler Harris.

Who's back: G T.J. Dunans averaged 11.6 points in 16 games before injuring his left knee; G Bryce Brown set an Auburn freshman record with 78 3-pointers; F Horace Spencer ranked third in the SEC in blocked shots.

Who's new: F Danjel Purifoy. Redshirt freshman was top recruit last season, should supply much-needed offense. G Mustapha Heron. Freshman is Auburn's first five-star signee. G Ronnie Johnson. Graduate transfer averaged 9.4 points at Houston.

The Skinny: The Tigers are picked to finish 11th in the Southeastern Conference, but Pearl has some depth to work with for a change. Auburn could be significantly improved if Purifoy and Heron live up to hype, but still lacks size around the basket.

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AP College Basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org

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