Barbee Picks Up 4-Star Transfer

Guard Noel Johnson has transferred from Clemson to Auburn to play for Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn men's basketball coach Tony Barbee, who lost a guard when sophomore Andre Malone decided to leave the team in December, didn't wait long to replace Malone.

Noel Johnson, a 6-6, 200-pound guard from Fayetteville, Ga., who played for Clemson, has enrolled for classes at Auburn and will be eligible to play next season for Barbee. He was ranked as a four star prospect and the No. 14 shooting guard prospect in the country by as a high school senior.

"It is absolutely exciting," Barbee said. "We got a transfer today, Noel Johnson, who played at Clemson the past two years. This was his sophomore year at Clemson. He played a little bit the first semester and decided to leave.

"He went to Clemson to play for Oliver Purnell, who left for DePaul," Barbee added. "With the coaching change things didn't work out. When Noel came out of high school he was a Top 50 player in the country. Everybody recruited him all over the place. He signed with USC to go play for Tim Floyd out in Los Angeles. When he signed there Tim Floyd left after the incident he had out there and he ended up at Clemson."

Johnson was an All-State player at Fayette County High in Fayetteville, Ga., who averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game as a senior. He led his team to the AAAA state championship as a junior averaging 23.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

Noel Johnson

He played in all 32 games last season for Clemson as a true freshman. He averaged 4.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game and 14.8 minutes of playing time. He hit 36.7 percent of his field goals, 73 percent of his foul shots and was 29-79 on threes.

He started one game this season and played in six other contests. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

"He is a big-time shooter," Barbee said. "When he lets the ball go you think it is going in every time. He shoots with range. He can do a lot of things. He is very skilled. We are excited he has joined the Auburn Family."

The new Auburn basketball player is the son of Lynbert "Cheese" Johnson, a star at Wichita State from 1976-79 who played for the NBA's Golden State Warriors.

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