Despite a rough start to the SEC portion of the schedule, Auburn is definitely starting to heat up. A large part of this recent success can be credited to Sharife Cooper, a Freshman guard who has made a difference since he was cleared to play by the NCAA after a long investigation into Cooper’s eligibility. The Tigers defeated the Georgia Bulldogs on the road last Wednesday night by a score of 95-77. The Tigers kept the momentum going into this past Saturday’s 66-59 win over the Kentucky Wildcats. Things are looking up for the team despite a rocky start to the year, they certainly have a chance for a strong finish.
Auburn is also being led by Sophomore guard Allen Flanigan, who leads the team in points, rebounds, three-pointers made, and free-throws made. After last Saturday’s victory over Kentucky, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said “There was only one grown man out there. Number 22″ (which is Flanigan). Allan had a big game against the Wildcats, posting 21 points and nine rebounds. Another Tiger who has stepped up recently is Devan Cambridge, a 6’6” Sophomore guard. Since being placed in the sixth-man position, Cambridge is averaging 12.3 points per game. He is shooting 62.5 percent from the floor, and averaging 42.5 percent from beyond the arch. He has also posted 11 rebounds, seven blocks, and five steals since moving into the role.
Since being cleared to play, Sharife Cooper has made a name for himself. His averages per game are 21.7 points, 9.7 assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Needless to say, this kid is special. Cooper has attracted attention from NBA players and scouts alike who would love to see their teams draft him come June. The Tigers are playing a lot better since being joined by Sharife, getting their first two conference wins of the season. Unfortunately Auburn will not be participating in the post season this year due to a one year self-imposed ban due to an ongoing investigation into bribery charges brought against former assistant coach Chuck Person. This is a shame because Auburn is getting stronger every game and it would be fun to see how this team could compete against some of college basketball’s best. But nevertheless, War Eagle!